Traditional values groups in Indiana are looking forward to their day in court in their battle against local ordinances that award special rights to those who are sexually confused.
A county judge in Indiana has decided a lawsuit can proceed against four local governments in Indiana that have passed ordinances providing special rights for homosexuals and transgenders. The Indiana Family Institute and American Family Association of Indiana have filed a lawsuit to overturn those ordinances in the cities of Carmel, Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Columbus.
Attorney James Bopp, who represents the Indiana Family Institute, contends the ordinances intrude on freedom of religion – one of the founding principles outlined in the U.S. Constitution.
"The Indiana Family Institute is an advocacy group [that] advocates for traditional marriage," he begins. "[Under these ordinances] they would be required to hire 'gay-rights' advocates and 'same-sex marriage' advocates to work for them in their ministry that is advocating for traditional marriage."
The ordinances also would mean such groups could be brought up on charges.
Bopp describes another requirement under the special-right ordinances: "When they had programs that they offered to the general public, they would be required to have speakers who also advocate for 'same-sex marriage' and the 'gay' lifestyle, directly contrary to their religious beliefs."
The religious exemptions in the ordinances only apply to clergy and churches.
The cities recently called for dismissal of the lawsuit, but Hamilton County Superior Court Judge Steven Nation has ruled Indiana Family Institute v. City of Carmel, Indiana will be heard at a future date on the merits.