Brian Brown, president of the National
Organization for Marriage (NOM), on Monday said that he was
“disappointed” with Indiana lawmakers who pushed back a proposed
gay marriage ban.
The amendment, which was expected to go
to voters in November, was delayed by at least two years after the
House and Senate altered the measure's language, striking out
language that also banned civil unions for gay couples.
proposed gay marriage ban pushed back.)
“The National Organization for
Marriage is pleased that the Indiana legislature passed for a second
time proposed constitutional amendment language that would protect
marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” Brown
said in a blog post. “Their action, which enjoys strong
popular support throughout the state, proves that Indiana still
believes marriage is solely between a man and a woman.”
“At the same time we are very
disappointed that both the House and Senate amended the resolution as
passed by the legislature in 2011 and removed the second sentence.
This was a clear betrayal of the people of Indiana, 80% of who
believe this issue should be on the ballot this year.”
Brown concluded: “Nonetheless NOM
will continue to work with local and national allies [to] secure the
people's right to vote on marriage as soon as possible.”