Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 27, 2014

Marriage fight draws Democratic challenger for ban author


The Associated Press

Indianapolis — A former Statehouse reporter is looking to unseat the Indiana Republican who authored a state constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.

Bob Ashley announced Friday that he'll seek the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Rep. Eric Turner of Cicero. The former journalist and U.S. Army veteran said Turner's drafting of the marriage ban spurred him to enter the race.

Ashley calls the proposed ban an "abomination" and criticized Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma for shepherding the measure to a full vote before the House.

The Tipton native used to cover state politics for the Post-Tribune of Merrillville.