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Marriage equality updates from Indiana and Arizona

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Indiana state sealA majority of Indiana voters opposes a Republican push in the state to amend the constitution to ban marriage equality, Freedom Indiana announced yesterday.

With its announcement, the organization released a poll showing that voters oppose a constitutional amendment by a 64-36 percent margin, with even majorities of Republican voters (57 percent) and very conservative voters (54 percent) against the measure.  Freedom Indiana’s poll also found that nearly three-quarters of Hoosiers support some legal recognition for same-sex couples.

As the Bilerico Project notes, Freedom Indiana has been pushing heavily against the constitutional amendment on the Republican side of the aisle:

Freedom Indiana has been using the nation’s first state level Republican-heavy strategy for marriage equality. Megan Robertson, the group’s campaign manager, left her job as Communications Director for Congressman Luke Messer (who opposes same-sex marriage) to become the head of the new organization; she also managed Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard’s re-election campaign. Ballard was one of the state’s first Republicans to announce opposition to the marriage amendment.

Former Governor Mitch Daniels, President George W. Bush’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, is also rumored to announce his opposition to the amendment soon and has reportedly been quietly lobbying Republican legislators to let the bill die. While in office, Daniels expressed support for the amendment but during his campaign met with LGBT community leaders and told the gathering that he personally opposed the amendment but would politically support it to reflect the majority of Hoosier voters at the time.

Republican state representatives are meeting today to decide the fate of the amendment. Republicans control the majority seats in both chambers of state government plus the Governor’s office. While a handful of Republican state legislators have announced their opposition to the amendment, Governor Mike Pence, a former Congressman known best for his outrageous far-right stances, has expressed his support of the bill.

On the other side of the country, in Arizona, the AP reports that the city of Sedona is now the fourth jurisdiction in the state to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions following a 5-2 city council vote last night.  KPHO, a Phoenix TV station, says the provision will allow same-sex couples to be listed as each others’ next of kin, and will allow them improved hospital visitation access. The other three cities who allow civil unions are Bisbee, Jerome and Tucson.

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