Updated: January 29, 2013 10:33PM
BLOOMINGTON (AP) — The mayor of Bloomington plans to conduct a wedding ceremony for more than a dozen gay and lesbian couples this week to protest a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Indiana.
The ceremony Thursday in Bloomington coincides with a local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival. The Indianapolis Star reports Mayor Mark Kruzan announced his plans in a news release.
Local clergy and city officials are expected to attend.
Legislators approved a constitutional ban in 2011, but it must be approved again and pass a referendum before taking effect. Two ban bills were introduced in the Indiana House last week, but their future is unclear.
Critics say a constitutional amendment is unnecessary because same-sex marriage is already illegal under current Indiana law.