Students, Clergy, and Lawyers debate same sex marriage

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) This month a federal judge ruled Indiana must recognize one couple’s out of state same sex marriage. The case is being appealed in a Chicago court. But it got a group of local students asking the question: where is the same sex marriage debate headed in Indiana?

Inside the lecture hall it’s not uncommon for debate and teaching to come alive. Wednesday night, while the periodic table watched over the room, the Rose Hulman Free Thinkers’ club held court, so to speak.

“(Its) kind of a secular student alliance where students of all belief systems could come together think about difficult issues,” Garrett Meyer said. “We’ve talked about the issues in Ukraine. Now we are doing same sex marriage.”

In a week when same sex marriage issue has spread across the country, the club opened up the floor to the different players in the debate.

From the religious side:

“The church then also says about marriage that Catholics and people need to make sure and protect and make sure that the civil government understands marriage to be between one man and one woman as well,” Father John Hollowell said.

To Indiana’s legal approach, where the state does not recognize same sex marriage.

“Similar laws in other states have been struck down as being unconstitutional,” Local attorney Phillip Smith said. “I’d say that’s certainly a possibility here in this state.”

To several students’ views:

“How is it different from a different sex relationship?” one student said. “There’s still the communication, they’re still very important (to each other). They still have all the same problems and all the same benefits.”

If you expected this debate to boil over, then you’ll be disappointed. Wednesday evening was more a forum for students, faculty, and the public to see the different sides up close.

To ask questions and learn opposing views after all that’s the idea of the Free Thinkers’ club. 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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