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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- The New Albany city council passed a non-binding resolution Thursday, opposing Indiana lawmakers' efforts to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
House Joint Resolution 6 would create a state constitutional amendment prohibiting same sex marriage or civil unions. Republican lawmakers supporting the measure want to bring it to a vote at the next session.
"It's probably one of the biggest human rights concerns that I've seen in a long, long time. It also has the entire state of Indiana divided one side or the other," said Brad Bell, of the New Albany Human Rights Commission.
"Whether you agree with same sex marriage or not is not my call. It's still a morality issue and a human rights issue more so than whether one sex can marry another. It's a major human rights issue."
The New Albany council passed the resolution to oppose HJR-6 with 7 "yea" votes. One council member abstained, and Scott Blair was the only council member to vote against the resolution.