Rally celebrates DOMA ruling at Indiana Statehouse
Hoosiers celebrated the Supreme Court ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional on the steps of the Indiana Statehouse Wednesday evening.
It was as much a celebration of the Supreme Court's decision, as it was a call to arms for those who support gay marriage to fight a movement in Indiana to ban gay marriage in the state's constitution.
"Are you ready to fight back?" City County Councilor Zach Adamson shouted to hundreds gathered at the statehouse.
The Supreme Court may have made its decision, but the debate surrounding gay marriage in Indiana is just beginning.
"The Constitution of Indiana is about rights, not restrictions, not repression," said State Representative Ed Delaney. "The constitution of this state gives me the right of free speech. It gives me the right to vote. It should not tell me whom I can marry."
"It's going to take a lot of grass roots, grass roots efforts. Just everyday citizens to let people know that we're just average Hoosiers," said Ben Gleason.
Average Hoosiers who said they wanted the right to have their marriages recognized, not banned in the state's constitution with an amendment.
"I'm a tax-paying American, too, as far as that goes. I don't understand why it's anybody else's decision who I marry in the first place," said Cathy Jolliff.
"It would mean the world to us to have a legal marriage and to get those economic and social benefits that other people get," said Erin Cottrell.
Not everyone said they were hopeful the fight could be won in state known for its conservative views, at least not without spending millions of dollars on both sides.
"Indiana has mountains to climb," said Jan Eason.
A climb for marriage equality supporters said starts right now in the halls of the statehouse.