NewsLocal News / January 13, 2014

Debate Will Examine Issue Of Same Sex Marriage

Jill Sheridan
Debate Will Examine Issue Of Same Sex Marriage

A debate Monday night aims to inform the public about one of the most contentious issues facing Hoosiers this year.  

Franklin College will be the site of the important event discussing the proposed same-sex marriage ban.  This session Indiana lawmakers are again taking up the issue deciding whether to write the ban into the state constitution. 

Speaking against the ban is Jane Henegar, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union.   Curt Smith, president of the Indiana Family Institute will debate in favor of HJR3.

John Krull, director of the Pulliam School of Journalism at Franklin College, says the issue can be a heated one on both sides.

"It's at times like that when passions are running the hotest," says Krull "It's important to have cool headed people talking things through and making sure that people hear and understand what is at stake."

Former Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard will moderate the debate which is free and open to the public. 

Organizers hope the event will help anyone attending with the decision making process. 

The debate starts  at 7 p.m. at the Napolitan Student Center on Franklin College’s campus.  People are encouraged to arrive early.  

Krull is also host of the weekly local public affairs program "No Limits," which airs on 90.1 WFYI Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m.