More Hoosier Madness

TheIndyChannel via Pam:

Troopers intervened at the Statehouse Tuesday as verbal exchanges between supporters and opponents of a proposed state constitutional ban on gay marriage threatened to escalate.

The confrontation happened at a rally where about 1,000 people expressed support for the proposed amendment inside the Statehouse. Some people from an earlier rally outside the building -- one that protested the proposal -- went inside and heckled the speakers.

Two people tried to grab one of the primary hecklers, but others intervened and prevented any violence.


An organizer of the pro-amendment rally, former gubernatorial candidate Eric Miller, spoke over the hecklers, arguing that children must not be taught that there is no difference between traditional and same-sex marriage.

"Our children must continue to be taught that marriage is between one man and one woman," Miller said.

As the amendment supporters left the building, people against the amendment chanted slogans demanding equal treatment for gays and lesbians.


The Senate already approved legislation that could eventually amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage, and Republicans who now control the House say they'll push it to passage.

Even if it passes this year, it must be approved by the next elected Legislature in 2007 or 2008 before it would be eligible for a statewide vote of the people.

Opponents have gathered outside the Statehouse, decrying the proposal as promoting hatred and bigotry and violating their constitutional rights.
Note the last paragraph. "Opponents ... [decry] the proposal as ... violating their constitutional rights." It's interesting that the IndyChannel misrepresents the LGBT as not having any straight supporters, people whose constitutional rights wouldn't be affected by the amendment that might still have an interest in making sure that everyone else in the state has the same rights, that might also think such a proposal promotes hatred and bigotry, that might be keen to show that equality isn't a "special right."

The video on their own site reveals the truth: a woman proudly holds a huge (and clever) sign saying "I [heart] my gay son-in-law." So did the IndyChannel have an agenda, or was it just bad writing? I certainly hope it was the latter.

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