Council looks at controversial issues


A week ago, the Terre Haute city council voted not to support a resolution opposing Indiana’s constitutional gay marriage ban.

The reason came from a line in their rules.

Where they cannot create a resolution on issues both controversial and not relevant to their power.

Tonight the city council looked to change that rule, and they found another controversy altogether.

One week did nothing to stifle the passions running through Terre Haute’s city council meeting.

Both sides of the gay marriage debate showing up to battle an abstract law.

“Items that are not akin to or germane or a part of the powers of the city council and the same items are controversial then we can’t discuss those, ” City Councilman Norm Loudermilk said.

After the controversial debate last week, several city council members looked at doing away with that rule.

That’s what brought the standing room only crowd to the chambers.

One side applauding the rule

“Lets suspend the rule, because this rule really messed up the issues and it did not,” A person in attendance said.

Opposing calling it the ostrich rule.

“I am sorry as a young person that is infuriating because i was raised to believe that if i had something to say i should say it.” Another person in attendance said.

The council’s core debate among themselves was where do their powers lie?

Should they make stances on issues that aren’t city related, but controversial?

The council voted no, meaning to keep the rule in place.

“If we eliminate that rule then we’ll be hearing a lot more controversial resolutions that may make some city councilman feel uncomfortable or take positions or sides that they really don’t need to take when they are just acting in the role as a city council.”

The city council also voted not to send a resolution to Indianapolis opposing the business. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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