Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

State News

December 14, 2013

Church flier targets Indiana marriage amendment

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A prominent Indiana conservative group has distributed a flier to churches making dire predictions if a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage isn't adopted.

The Sunday bulletin insert from Advance America warns that allowing same-sex marriages could lead to ministers facing hate-crime charges for preaching against homosexuality and cross-dressing men being allowed in women's restrooms, The Indianapolis Star reported.

The proposed amendment is expected be a major topic during the legislative session that starts next month.

Some legal experts and gay-rights supporters say Advance America is using isolated examples or misconceptions as scare tactics.

Advance America executive director Eric Miller, who is a high-profile lobbyist at the Statehouse on social conservative issues, said Friday the flier points out changes that gay-rights activists are pushing for around the country, including the legalization of same-sex marriages.

"Part of the homosexual agenda is to silence and intimate the church and pastors from preaching what the Bible says about marriage between a man and a woman," Miller told The Associated Press.

Curt Smith, president of the conservative Indiana Family Institute, said Advance America's flier makes reasonable claims about potential harms to religious freedom if the state's current law banning gay marriages was to be overturned in court.

"The issues and the ideas that are presented are fair," Smith said. "They are the logical consequences of this kind of policy."

Other gay-marriage dangers included in the flier are that the government could force businesses such as florists and caterers to participate in same-sex weddings, and schools would be required to teach children that homosexual marriages are normal and acceptable.

Lambda Legal, an advocate for gay rights, says such arguments are "sadly familiar" from marriage debates nationwide.

"As each state, one by one, opens marriage to same-sex couples, it should be increasingly obvious that these claims are just alarmist," said Jennifer Pizer, the New York-based group's legal and policy director.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
State News
  • Settlement erases debt for 261 Indiana military members INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attorney General Greg Zoeller says a new settlement will erase $1.5 million of bad debt for 261 military members from Indiana. Zoeller and attorneys general from 12 other states filed suit against the lender Rome Finance. They acc

    July 30, 2014

  • Cass Co. tire collection effort still going strong

    The Cass County Solid Waste District extended the county-wide tire collection program Monday for the next few weeks — or until the new semi-trailer is full at least.

    July 30, 2014

  • Board approves gravel pit in Walton

    Homeowners in the area of a proposed gravel pit and other interested Cass County residents packed the commissioners hearing room Monday night to voice their concerns over the pit that local firm Engineering Aggregates Corp. wants to dig, only to have their voices overruled.

    July 30, 2014

  • Gay marriage supporters defend court ruling INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys trying to defend a federal ruling overturning Indiana's gay-marriage ban argue that marriage is more than just a state regulation — it's a fundamental right. Attorneys for several same-sex couples who successfully chall

    July 29, 2014

  • Three-drink limit for beer, wine at Indiana Fair INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Strict limits will be in place when the Indiana State Fair sells alcoholic drinks for the first since 1946 when its 17-day run begins Friday. The fair says customers will be limited to three beers or three glasses of wine apiece.

    July 29, 2014

  • Motorcycle doing wheelie dies in Fort Wayne crash FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Fort Wayne police say a speeding motorcyclist doing a wheelie has died in a fiery crash with a pickup truck. Police say the truck was turning left into the path of the motorcycle when the smaller vehicle struck the truck's fu

    July 29, 2014

  • Arrest made in slaying of woman found in field GREENFIELD (AP) — An Indianapolis woman has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a woman found dead last week along a central Indiana road. Twenty-seven-year-old Amanda Gonzalez was formally charged Monday with murder and assisting a cri

    July 29, 2014

  • Madison County voting records sought in US probe ANDERSON (AP) — A federal grand jury has subpoenaed Madison County voting records after absentee ballots cast in Anderson's 4th Ward determined the winners of several races. The subpoena issued by federal prosecutors seeks several records from the Ma

    July 29, 2014

  • Indiana U. commemorating WWI centennial in 2014-15 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana University plans to spend the upcoming academic year exploring the lingering impact of World War I. "The Great War" began 100 years ago. Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar and former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton are joining a round-

    July 29, 2014

  • Coroner rules Lafayette toddler's death a homicide LAFAYETTE (AP) — A coroner has ruled as a homicide last week's death of a 14-month-old Lafayette girl who succumbed to a traumatic head injury. The Marion County Coroner's office reported Monday that the cause of Skylar Foster's death was blunt force

    July 29, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries
Poll
Kelly Lafferty's video on Tom Miller