Same-sex marriage supporters gather in the Statehouse rotunda to celebrate SCOTUS ruling

By Max Bomber
TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS– The booming sound of more than 300 people chanting “love wins” echoed through the rotunda and halls of the Statehouse just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court put an end to the same-sex marriage debate in all 50 states.

More than 300 people gather and chant “love wins” after the U.S. Supreme Court decided that gay marriage is legal in all 50 states. Photo by Braden Pelley, TheStatehouseFile.com

More than 300 people gather and chant “love wins” after the U.S. Supreme Court decided that gay marriage is legal in all 50 states. Photo by Braden Pelley, TheStatehouseFile.com

“We are expecting around 100 people “Ann Buckwaltor, Freedom Indiana field organizer, said.

But the crowd quickly multiplied filling the rotunda.

Katie Blair, director of advocacy for the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, and campaign manager for Freedom Indiana, said the fight is not over for the Indiana lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Same-sex marriage supporters celebrate the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to recognize and allow gay marriage in all 50 states. Photo by Braden Pelley, TheStatehouseFile.com

Same-sex marriage supporters celebrate the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to recognize and allow gay marriage in all 50 states. Photo by Braden Pelley, TheStatehouseFile.com

“We are going to keep this momentum building through the until the 2016 general assembly,” Blair said. “We are going to use everything we can to bring it to the table and bring it on home for non discrimination.”

“Gov. Pence, guess who gets to get married,” said a representative from Indiana Equality Action, who is currently litigating a case in which the hospital refuses to name both lesbian parents on the baby’s a birth certificate.

Ken Falk, legal director of ACLU, who has long worked on the issue of same sex marriage in Indiana, said that everyone should learn something from the high courts ruling.

Same-sex marriage supporters gather in the Statehouse rotunda shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage nationwide. Photo by Braden Pelley, TheStatehouseFile.com

Same-sex marriage supporters gather in the Statehouse rotunda shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage nationwide. Photo by Braden Pelley, TheStatehouseFile.com

“People need to recognize what a wonderful normal thing this decision is,” said Falk. “This day has been some time in coming but it has been a really good day.”

“I believe that the church I love has done an absolutely terrible job in dealing with LGBT people,” retired minister and same-sex marriage supporter Bob Shaw said.

Shaw is involved in Indiana Youth Group an organization for LGBT youth in the Indianapolis area. He runs a discussion group called “Separation of Church and Hate.”

Max Bomber is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com a news website powered by Franklin college journalism students.

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