Indiana House Split on Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

The full Indiana House will consider the constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage this week, and a survey of lawmakers shows that the landscape has changed markedly since the last time such a measure was considered, but not enough to kill it.

The Indianapolis Star reports: Indiana

More than a third of the Indiana House members who voted for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2011 now plan to vote against it or are wavering.

The number switching to support the amendment? Zero….

…Of the 100 House members, 38 plan to vote for the measure, House Joint Resolution 3, while 38 plan to vote against it. The other 24 said they were undecided (13) or declined to comment (11).

That gives opponents a better shot than most anyone expected just weeks ago, but they still need to woo 13 noncommitted lawmakers — including at least 11 Republicans — to kill the ban.

“Everyone assumed it would be closer this time than in 2011,” said Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. “But this is a lot closer than I think people would have expected.


  1. WOLF says

    If you live in Indiana, and haven’t already done so, please lobby, protest, and fill their inboxes and voicemails. It looks like it’s going to be a close call.

  2. says

    It’s amazing that people who write laws for a living can be so delusional as to think such an amendment could stand for 2 minutes in a federal court.

    I’m also amazed that the Republicans seem to think there will be no consequences later for putting their bigotry up on a pedestal.

    I understand red meat for the haters, but before much longer the haters will be literally outnumbered by teh gays, not to mention the majority of reasonable people.

    Not only are haters gonna hate, losers are gonna lose too.

  3. emjayay says

    What Steve wrote. I guess somehow the Supreme Court said DOMA was out, but mini state DOMAs were OK? Don’t quite get that, but certainly the Indiana rednecks must see the handwriting on the wall.

    I guess this defines reactionary: trends of public opinion and law are pretty obvious not just here but in the whole more advanced world, so they feel the need to launch a fairly obviously hopeless last ditch effort against it. They want to be able to say they went down fighting.

  4. Chris S. says

    @EMJAYAY: Because the mini-DOMAs area completely different thing. Basically, SCOTUS said the federal government has to recognizes marriages that were legal in the state in which they were performed. Mini-DOMAs just say “we don’t perform same-sex marriages here.”

  5. Francis says

    A lot of Republicans and conservative Democrats are very displeased about this amendment banning civil unions on top of marriage equality and thus their votes are wavering. Indications are it’s still likely to pass—but it’s closer than it ever was expected to be, and that alone is progress if there is a public vote on the matter.

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