Indiana gay marriage foes press on as tides shift

Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, right, speaks as House Leader Brian Bosma, R-Carmel watches over proceedings during debate on a proposed amendment to the state's constitution to ban gay marriage in the House of Representatives at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. The bill passed the Indiana House 57-40 and now moves onto the Indiana Senate. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, right, speaks as House Leader Brian Bosma, R-Carmel watches over proceedings during debate on a proposed amendment to the state's constitution to ban gay marriage in the House of Representatives at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. The bill passed the Indiana House 57-40 and now moves onto the Indiana Senate. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gay marriage opponents who have spent more than a decade working to strengthen Indiana’s laws say they aren’t daunted by a growing acceptance of same-sex unions.

Federal courts have overturned gay marriage bans in Oklahoma, Utah and New Mexico, and 19 states now allow gay marriage or civil unions. Support for a proposed amendment that would put Indiana’s gay marriage ban into its constitution is wavering amid concerns about its impact on businesses.

But proponents of a ban say the issue is that values would be compromised if Indiana doesn’t take the extra step to ensure it remains a state where marriage can only be between a man and a woman.

The amendment passed the Legislature in 2011 and must pass again by March to go to voters in November.

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