INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Two landmark decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court today on the issue of gay marriage will have no effect on the law in Indiana.
But it could help Hoosiers choose sides in a fight over a constitution amendment that's expected in January.
In striking down the Defense of Marriage Act , the Supreme Court ruled that in state's that allow gay marriage, gay couples are entitled to all the rights and responsibilities that heterosexual couples have. But it does not say gay marriage should or must be allowed in all states.
So that leaves the issue of a marriage amendment in Indiana moving forward, said Chris Paulsen of the Indiana Equality Action, a group fighting a so called marriage amendment in Indiana, "no, it won't mean anything other than the tide turns." Still she said, it's " definitely a big step."
Paulsen said her group will continue the fight against an amendment.
Curt Smith, of the Indiana Family Institute said his group is ready for a fight.
"We think today's ruling will actually encourage Indiana lawmakers to go ahead to define marriage through a constitutional amendment and that will allow the voters to decide."
Speaker of the Indiana House, Republican Brian Bosma in a statement said he expects the House to take up the issue and expects it will pass, setting up a referendum for voters to decide.
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