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Area Tea Party group supports gay marriage ban

A Kosciusko County Tea Party group announced Wednesday it will stand in support of the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and civil unions.

Often called HJR6, the resolution needs to pass the legislature in 2014 for it to ultimately go to voters in November.

Kosciusko Silent NO More president Monica Boyer said: "Many people have asked why a TEA Party group would engage in the battle to protect marriage in Indiana. I would answer that question with two words, 'religious freedom.' "Redefining marriage forces everyone else, including churches, schools, and business owners, to affirm homosexual relationships, denying people their religious freedom and opinion. Facts have proven over and over again, that when we allow a group to re-define marriage, those who hold religious convictions are criminalized." Boyer added the definition of marriage belongs in the hands of Hoosiers and not the government, courts or media. "We are focused, and we will step up to the front lines to fight for our families and religious freedom in the upcoming months," she said. To contact Niki Kelly email her at nkelly@jg.net or follow her on Twitter @nkellyatJG.

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