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June 29, 2013

Equality for ALL Americans

(Continued)

WASHINGTON —

“We each have two kids and if something were to happen to one of us, two of our children would be ripped away from us with no rights to see them. If my partner was in the ICU and unable to make decisions for herself, I am legally not allowed to be with her, the love of my life.

“This decision gives me hope that someday I will not have to worry.”

Once again, I say real people, real situations, real worries. That is how historic this ruling was. But the struggle will continue next year, especially in Indiana.

In Indiana’s next legislative session, legislators will move ahead with House Joint Resolution 6 that would write into the state’s constitution the current ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions. If the measure is passed, and it probably will, voters will then make the ultimate decision in the fall of 2014.

Although it may not matter here, polls statewide see the trend shifting towards acceptance of same-sex marriage. The Hoosier Survey, created by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University reported a even divide about same-sex marriage and 55 percent in favor of civil unions.

Hopefully for my friends, our state will see real people and families, rather than continued ignorance.

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