New gay marriage controversy short-lived

WLFI File Photo
WLFI File Photo

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A new battle over gay marriage has died out quickly.  This one dealt with legal recognition in Indiana of same sex marriages conducted in other states.

Even though the marriage amendment won’t go to a referendum, gay marriage is still illegal in Indiana and that reminder put the damper on a budding controversy.

On the heels of recent demonstrations emotions were running high after an amendment was passed Monday spelling out that same sex couples in Indiana would not be able to file their state taxes jointly, even though they can now file federal taxes jointly.

Some people saw it as another attack on gay marriage until they heard explanations from the author, Senator Brandt Hershman, who said he was just trying to maintain the status quo.

“If we were to adopt the IRS update in its entirety it would have caused our tax code to run afoul of our state law with reference to same sex marriage,” said Sen. Hershman (R-Lafayette.)

“So, in essence,” he said, “the amendment insures that things continue as they always have.”

The Senate voted 41-to-6 to pass  Hershman’s bill.

No one spoke against it on the floor and Hershman said he didn’t think a tax bill was the place to decide public policy.

Controversies come and controversies go and this one disappeared in a hurry.

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