Residents of a small town in central Indiana are reacting to a newspaper wedding announcement that one pro-family leader labels "a political stunt."
A federal judge has ruled Indiana's ban on same-sex "marriage" unconstitutional, but a stay was later obtained. Between those two events, however, homosexual couples obtained several hundred marriage licenses and were "married," although the legality is in question. The judge's actions will be reviewed by the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in September. Until then, marriage in the Hoosier State remains as it has always been: one man, one woman.
However, Micah Clark of the American Family Association of Indiana tells OneNewsNow he received calls recently about the July 10 issue of the Tipton County Tribune.
"The newspaper decided to print an announcement of two young men who exchanged their vows," he tells OneNewsNow. "And as I've said, simply because someone 'exchanges vows' doesn't mean the newspaper has to applaud it with an announcement. I could exchange vows with my sister, with my computer, with my toaster – and that doesn't mean the newspaper has to applaud it and print it."
According to the announcement, the couple's "best man" was a woman.
"It was a political stunt," Clark continues. "It was an effort to push the envelope of values and to promote same-sex marriage – and the paper went along with it."
Tipton residents who have contacted AFA of Indiana have been advised to contact the newspaper and voice their objections – and if so inclined, cancel their subscription. Meanwhile, Indiana residents are waiting for a ruling to see if a lone federal judge can get away with upending state marriage laws.