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Winnecke Opposes Gay Marriage Amendment

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says he is against incorporating Indiana's ban on same sex marriage into the state's constitution.
Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says he is against incorporating Indiana's ban on same sex marriage into the state's constitution.  And to get his point across, Winnecke has sent a letter to local lawmakers, including District 75 State Representative Ron Bacon, expanding on his position, and why the amendment should not go before voters.

That letter, obtained by Eyewitness News, reads in part, "While I understand and value putting constitutional amendments before Indiana voters, I oppose the passage of HJR 6 in its current form. It is an unnecessarily divisive proposal at a time when the most critical issues of fostering economic development and creating a high quality of life in Evansville, Indiana and America require our shared focus and effort."

Winnecke is joining a growing number of leaders opposing the amendment.  That list includes Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard as well as the Evansville City Council, which has drafted its own resolution against the amendment.

In a statement released Tuesday, Winnecke said:  “I appreciate all that both sides are doing to get their message out; however, my primary focus in regards to lobbying the General Assembly is to make Evansville more competitive for economic development and growth. Issues such as funding for the medical school expansion and proposed elimination of the personal property tax, which would cost the city $7.3 million annually, are my Administration’s current legislative priorities. After receiving numerous requests on my position on HJR-6, I communicated my opposition directly to the legislative delegation representing the city of Evansville and Vanderburgh County, because our state legislators are the initial decision-makers in this process.”

The General Assembly is expected to vote next year on whether the amendment will be placed on the November, 2014 ballot.

To read Winnecke's full letter to Rep. Bacon, click on the link above.
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