2 Indiana City Councils Urge Gay Marriage Ban Defeat
Two more Indiana city councils are opposing efforts to write a gay marriage ban into the state constitution.
The South Bend and Muncie councils both voted Monday night to adopt resolutions against the proposed constitutional amendment being considered by state legislators. The South Bend resolution was approved on a 6-2 vote, while the Muncie resolution was adopted in a 9-0 vote.
South Bend Councilman Dave Varner, the council’s only Republican, said he voted against the resolution because he believed voters should be allowed to decide the issue in a statewide referendum.
About 15 people spoke in favor of the resolution before the council voted, which didn’t sway Varner, the South Bend Tribune reported.
"I don’t think the people here tonight are prepared to accept the results of a statewide referendum ... because they probably know what the results are going to be," Varner said.
City councils in Indianapolis, Evansville and Bloomington and a bipartisan group of mayors from several cities have also spoken out against the proposed amendment.