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Elkhart County lawmakers co-author proposed same-sex marriage ban

Reps. Wes Culver, R-Goshen, and Tim Wesco, R-Osceola, are both co-authors of House Joint Resolution 3, the proposal formally introduced Thursday calling for a voter referendum on the same-sex marriage question in November.

Posted on Jan. 9, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 9, 2014 at 4:42 p.m.

Thursday Jan. 9, 2014

Two lawmakers serving Elkhart County are co-authors of the controversial same-sex marriage proposal likely to be a hot issue in the Indiana legislature this session.

  • Scroll down to see the new TV ad advocating for the measure
  • Go here to see the proposal for yourself

Reps. Wes Culver, R-Goshen, and Tim Wesco, R-Osceola, are both co-authors of House Joint Resolution 3, the proposal formally introduced Thursday calling for a voter referendum on the same-sex marriage question in November. Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, is the author and Rep. Rhonda Rhoads, R-Corydon, is a third co-author.

Both Culver and Wesco are strong proponents of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, so their names high up on HJR 3 comes as no surprise. Look here for earlier comments from Wesco on the issue and here for comments from both Wesco and Culver.

The referendum, if lawmakers put it to voters and voters approve it, would revise the Indiana Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, effectively prohibiting same-sex marriage.

Meanwhile, Advance America, the conservative Indianapolis-based group advocating in favor of the amendment, has put together two television ads pushing the cause. They are to air on TV stations in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, according to the Indianapolis Star.

The ads advocate for the right of the public to vote on the matter, aiming to prevent the matter from getting bogged down in a legislative committee. Here's one of the ads, posted on YouTube:

Tim Vandenack is a reporter at the Elkhart Truth newspaper in Elkhart, Ind., www.etruth.com. Reach him at tvandenack@etruth.com or 574-296-5884. Visit him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack.




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