The Backlash Begins: Indiana Makes Same-Sex Marriage a Felony Punis...

This sounds just crazy to me.

Beginning July 2014, same-sex couples seeking marriage in the state can face serious time.

On July 1 of next year, same-sex couples applying for a marriage license in Indiana will have  committed a felony punishable by 18 months in prison an a $10,000 fine. The new crime stems from the revival  of a1997 law forbidding false information on a marriage license as a Class D felony. It will also make it a Class B misdemeanor -- punishable by up to 180 days in a jail and a maximum fine of $1,000 --  for clergy, judges, and others to perform a same-sex marriage.

The New Civil Rights Movement  explains how the new rule works:

Because Indiana marriage license forms have a space for “male applicant” and “female applicant”, any same-sex couple filling out the form would automatically violate the law. The harsh penalties Indiana lawmakers have approved make it difficult for protest movements like the Campaign for Southern Equality’s “ We Do” Campaign, which encourages same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses as a protest in states that prohibit same-sex marriages.

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Sneaky!  And mean!

I lived in Indiana for 5 years, a long time back.  I was miserable there.  Moved 2000 miles to make a new start.  Glad I did.  I feel bad for people who live in places where they are unwelcome and scapegoated.




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