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February 12, 2014

KITCHELL: Same-sex marriage issue likely to be on ballot

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What we do know is that this issue has moved closer to acceptance than rejection in recent years on a national level. What we do know is that colleges and universities which have to admit students regardless of race, creed, color, national origin or sexual preference, support it.

At the least, Indiana has to acknowledge the legal relationship of couples in civil unions, particularly if couples are legally united in other states. There are legal reasons for this that affect a number of aspects of our lives, including estate planning. In the big picture, Hoosiers will have to ask themselves if endorsing marriage in any form, between any two people, is a bad thing even if it is in a monogamous, same-sex relationship, or if it is an exclusive thing.

It is interesting to note that a former assistant girls basketball coach at Logansport High School, Stephanie White, went on record supporting same-sex marriage. White, like many gay or lesbian Americans, is not only in a same-sex relationship, but parenting children. She is a color analyst for the Indiana Fever in the WNBA and travels to other WNBA cities in states where same-sex marriage is permitted.

It wasn’t that long ago that a NBA player stepped forward to admit that he was gay. Just this week, a University of Missouri defensive lineman who was the Southeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year announced he is gay.

In fact, this is not a Democrat, Republican or independent issue. It’s an Indiana issue that will be decided for now by a Legislature and governor of the same party, the Republican Party. It would be a false generalization to say that all Republicans are straight or that all gay and lesbian Americans are Democrats or independents. Fundamentally, it is an issue that really is less about what people practice religiously in their faith and more about the concept of adopting a law that in any way denies rights to a certain segment of our population who are otherwise law-abiding, taxpaying citizens.

What may the most accurate statement at this point in the legislative process is that legislators aren’t sure where they are with the issue, and that may reflect where the electorate is, too.

Stay tuned.

Dave Kitchell is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at ptnews@pharostribune.com.

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