Indianapolis City-County Council passes gay marriage resolution

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The Indianapolis City-County Council delved into the debate over gay marriage Monday night. Councilors passed a resolution opposing a proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex unions.

At issue is a resolution opposing a constitutional ban on gay marriage. The resolution puts the council on record with Mayor Greg Ballard, Lilly, Cummins, the Indy Chamber of Commerce and others who say a ban is bad for business and the state's image.

The resolution passed with a 22-6 vote.

Indianapolis became the latest municipality to stand with anti0amendment coalition, Freedom Indiana.

Republican Councilor Ginny Cain was the only councilor among those who voted against the resolution to explain her position to reporters afterward. She said she believes the resolution should go to a referendum.

"Marriage is a meaningful gift from God. He invented it...for our benefit and the benefit of our children and I will stand to protect it," Cain said.

Before Monday's meeting, some councilors say gay marriage is an issue they shouldn't be getting involved in.

"In Indianapolis it sends the wrong message to a lot of people. We want to make sure people know we're a welcoming city and we want the best and brightest from around the world," said John Barth, a Democrat who sponsored the resolution.

"I'm against it. I just think it's bad for one entity to tell another what they should or shouldn't do. It's a very complicated issue, a very personal issue to people," said Aaron Freeman, a Republican.

The city does have a human rights ordinance and next year it will begin extending benefits to same sex couples. Despite some opposition to the resolution, both sides do expect it to pass.

We will get our first glimpse at how all of this is effecting lawmakers on the 19th of this month when they convene for Organizational Day at the Indiana Statehouse.

Another issue expected to generate some debate is the Whole Foods proposed for Broad Ripple. While it won zoning approval, opponents are hoping the council will override that vote, but we're told that's probably unlikely.

Officers honored

The council also honored two IMPD officers who died in September.

Officer Rod Bradway was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call on the northwest side on September 20. Officer Tim Day, a 26-year veteran of the force, died after collapsing at a church service September 25.