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Hoosiers react to President Obama's support of same-sex marriage

His remarks are putting pressure on politicians around the country to make their stance on the issue clear as well.

Eva Pilgrim

9:35 PM CDT, May 9, 2012

Indianapolis

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President Obama announced Wednesday that he supports same-sex marriage. His remarks are putting pressure on politicians around the country to make their stance on the issue clear as well.

Charlotte and Dawn Egler have been together for 15 years. April 17, 1999 was when they had their commitment ceremony at their church, but they’ve never been able to get married in the state of Indiana. The couple has traveled to other states offering civil unions.

“At the time it was symbolic because we knew it would have no legal standing in Indiana.”

Charlotte was impressed with the President.

“I'm just really proud of him, just having the courage to come out and say that.”

Eric Miller with Advance America does not agree, though.

“It was a tragic day for our nation for the president of the United States to support same-sex marriage rather than support traditional marriage between a man and a woman.”

However, Miller said President Obama speaking up will put pressure on other politicians to make their stances on the issue clear.

“What it will do in the state of Indiana is bring this issue of homosexual marriage to the forefront in the upcoming election.”

A marriage amendment will likely go before the 2013 Indiana legislature. It’s likely that it will be an amendment put before voters on the 2014 ballot.

While the Eglers are thrilled with President Obama’s announcement, it doesn’t change their life right now. They have a 10-year-old son whom they love.
For now, they are doing everything they can to protect their family by getting the appropriate legal documents.

“Those things that we're doing to try to simulate are just a band-aid.”

A band aid that Charlotte said needs to be fixed.

“There's no reason that anyone should feel like they're not just as worth or valuable as anyone else.”