Monday, January 27, 2014

Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage May Fail in Indiana

Indianapolis Star:
In an atmosphere of rapidly shifting opinions on gay marriage, nearly two dozen Indiana House Republicans bucked their leadership to strip a same-sex marriage ban of the clause opponents find most objectionable.
The House voted 52-43 to remove the proposed constitutional amendment's second sentence, which would have banned civil unions and similar arrangements. That leaves only the first sentence, which would still ban gay marriages.
If the altered version is adopted by both chambers of the General Assembly, the measure would not go to voters this November as supporters — including Gov. Mike Pence — would like. The full House is expected to vote on the altered resolution Tuesday.
This morning, the Star had a map showing supporters and opponents of the Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.  Of course, rural legislators supported the ban, while urban legislators opposed it.  If the reactionaries in Indiana can't pass this, it will highlight the huge shift on this issue in the past 3 years.  The Indiana House passed the bill 70-26 in 2011.  Regardless, the state already has a state law banning gay marriage, but gay marriage foes feel obliged to enshrine discrimination in the state constitution.  You know, freedom. 

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