posttrib
SPOTTY 
Weather Updates

Bloomington mayor holds same-sex ‘wedding’ for 13 couples

Kyle Bundy left David Edwards kiss after BloomingtMayor Mark Kruzan conducted symbolic 'wedding' Pride Film Festival Thursday Jan. 31 2013

Kyle Bundy, left, and David Edwards kiss after Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan conducted a symbolic "wedding" at the Pride Film Festival, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Bloomington Herald-Times, Jeremy Hogan)

storyidforme: 43964886
tmspicid: 16274716
fileheaderid: 7314337
Article Extras
Story Image
Maps

Updated: February 1, 2013 11:16PM



BLOOMINGTON (AP) — The mayor of Bloomington presided over a symbolic “wedding” ceremony for 13 same-sex couples to protest a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Indiana.

The couples held hands on a stage during the event Thursday that was part of the opening ceremonies for a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival.

“By the power not yet invested in me by the state of Indiana, I pronounce you partners in life,” Mayor Mark Kruzan told the couples, prompting a standing ovation. Kruzan and 10 Monroe County Council and Bloomington city council members then threw flowers over the couples.

“People ask us why we’re doing this. It’s about equality and opportunity,” Kruzan told The Indianapolis Star. “History simply will not smile kindly upon those who advocated against equality. It’s time that marriage be recognized by all.”

Kim Davis and Nancy Kalina, who have been together for 17 years, took part in the ceremony because they wanted to “put a face on gay marriage,” they told the Star.

“It’s shining a light that there are gay people all over the country, not just in New York or in San Francisco,” Kalina said, “who would like the opportunity to do that publicly in their hometown.”

Several local officials, including three members of the Monroe County Council and seven from the Bloomington City Council, attended the festivities to show their support for gay marriage, The Herald-Times reported.

Indiana lawmakers approved a constitutional gay marriage ban in 2011, but it must be approved again and pass a referendum before taking effect.



© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit www.suntimesreprints.com. To order a reprint of this article, click here.