Indiana House Panel Advances Gay Marriage Ban Following Power Play by Speaker

BosmaThe Indiana House Elections and Apportionment Committee advanced HJR-3, the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage by a vote of 9-3 along party lines after more than four hours of debate. The bill will now move to the full House.

The bill was moved to the Elections and Apportionment Committee by House Speaker Brian Bosma (pictured) in a power play after it began to look like it might fail in the House Judiciary Committee. Bosma's unusual move turned out to be successful for the anti-gay conservatives.

The amendment would need to pass two separately-elected General Assemblies and be approved by a voter majority in a public referendum before becoming part of the constitution.

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  1. ToThePoint says

    Even if it makes it to a vote and approved by the voters, it will still eventually be stuck down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional since you ultimately cannot put civil rights to a popular vote. It is 100% political on the repugs part. I am not happy that there is no such thing as hell because everyone of these bastards would surely burn in hell.

  2. Jeff York says

    It has already passed on General Assembly vote. I am sure it will pass this one. The Republicans have a quorum proof majority, then it goes to the ballot. If it passes, the lawsuits are lined up. It really is a futile, divisive, expensive exercise in bigotry.

  3. Damien says

    My partner, a lawyer, calls this the Lawyer Guaranteed Full Employment Bill, because in the long run all it will do is fuel endless lawsuits until the Supreme Court throws it out — as we all know will happen eventually. Sad that the taxpayers of Indiana (and all other states in similar situations) have to waste their money and their time on this.

  4. bkmn says

    How nice for Indiana. They must have no issues with long term unemployment, education, child care, healthcare, infrastructure, and so on. It must be such a shangri-la that it is attracting an influx of people looking to share in the good life you can only find in Indiana.

    Of course it will all come tumbling down when the damn gays get married, providing more stability to their loving and committed relationships and their families.

  5. johnny says

    This is a very unpopular bill, even with MANY republicans. What is going to be hilarious to watch is when their cute little referendum gets axed at the polls here in Indiana.

    And there’s a very good chance that will happen.

    It’s nothing more than a bunch of idiot politicians trying to “galvanize” their base for the next election. We have much bigger problems than adding more bigotry to the state constitution. And it’s costing money, people and our future image, which currently is the Mississipi of the north.

  6. Ken says

    I’m not really all that upset by this. If it goes to the voters and is defeated, which is what I expect to happen, it will be a very embarrassing defeat for the Republicans and the anti equality side. And even it it passes the federal courts appear close to striking down all these bans. We win either way.

  7. Ken says

    I’m not really all that upset by this. If it goes to the voters and is defeated, which is what I expect to happen, it will be a very embarrassing defeat for the Republicans and the anti equality side. And even it it passes the federal courts appear close to striking down all these bans. We win either way.

  8. ny2.0 says

    My heart goes out to the gay community in Indiana, but this is what happens when Republicans control all branches of government. The people of Indiana are getting what they voted for.

  9. jamal49 says

    Well, this is how Republicans do it, you see. Lie, cheat, steal, move the goal posts, change the rules, obfuscate, obstruct, corrupt and do whatever they can be whatever nefarious means necessary to subvert the democratic process.

    Just a reminder of what awaits us if the Republicans regain control of the U.S. Senate, increase their seats in the U.S. House and retake the White House in the 2014 and 2016 elections.

  10. ToThePoint says

    Why are ALL bullies republican? Because they don’t have fairness on their side so they intimidate and change rules as they go to get their way. Lowest of life forms.

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