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ISU students and faculty talk same-sex marriage ban opposition

ISU students and faculty opposed to Indiana's proposed same-sex marriage ban held a panel discussion Thursday night. Legislators in favor of the ban declined to attend.

Several Indiana companies and universities are joining the fight against a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. An ISU official says the university is staying out of the debate, at least for now, but that's not stopping some students and faculty from being vocal.

A panel discussion at the university Thursday featured perspectives from groups who oppose the proposed ban.

Panelists included representatives from Freedom Indiana, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, Cummins Inc., and the Center for the Study of Health, Religion and Spirituality at ISU.

Organizers say they wanted to start a discussion and ask questions about how the ban would affect the state's business and culture. "If this passes, what's going to happen? What is the interpretation of that going to be?" asks William Wilhelm, ISU business professor.

"Really nobody in the Terre Haute area—the Wabash Valley area—has talked about it, especially here on campus. This is a huge group of people that are able to vote and should be voting in upcoming elections. So we really wanted to bring up the issue, get people talking," says Allen Zielinski of ISU Spectrum, an LGBTQ student group.

Organizers say they reached out to legislators who support the constitutional ban but they declined to attend.

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