Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ballard Signs Domestic Partnership Proposal Into Law

Mayor Greg Ballard
Earlier today, with the stroke of a pen by Mayor Greg Ballard, Indianapolis joined surrounding cities like Carmel in the 21st Century and will soon become a city that will offer domestic partnership benefits to committed straight or gay couples who are unmarried.

The debate was long and arduous, but it was, in the end, the five Republican City-County Councillors led by Bob Lutz and Benjamin Hunter that made this a reality.  Their support gave the co-sponsors of the proposal at least 20 votes which pretty much forced Mayor Greg Ballard to sign the proposal and make it an ordinance.  Anything less than 20 votes would have signaled to the Mayor that he could have vetoed the proposal and stopped the progress.

Thankfully, that did not happen.  Congratulations to the Democratic Majority and five brave Republicans who deserve a ton of credit.

1 comment:

kris said...

i heard that ballard didn't support this because it would be a disincentive to get married? silly. anyhow, this is good, but i don't know much about it. what determines whether or not couples are committed? in a legal sense of the word?