Gay marriage supporters form Indiana coalition

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2014 photo protestors of a proposed amendment to the Indiana constitution to ban gay marriage gather outside a hearing at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Indiana Republicans are batting over whether banning gay marriage should be a part of their party's platform. Members of the platform-writing committee voted this week to approve language that supports marriage being between one man and one woman, reigniting a fight that dominated the Indiana General

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana gay marriage supporters are forming a coalition to build support for their cause following high-profile battles over the issue.

Hoosiers Unite for Marriage is planning to launch Wednesday. Group director Kyle Megrath said Tuesday that one of their first acts will be sending petitions to Attorney General Greg Zoeller asking him to drop his backing of the state’s gay marriage ban.

The American Civil Liberties Union and groups called Liberty Indiana and Freedom to Marry are joining the new coalition.

The group’s launch follows just days after the Indiana Republican Party approved a platform that supports defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

Lawmakers earlier this year considered placing a constitutional ban on gay marriage before voters in November, but delayed action on the issue.


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