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Indiana House Speaker Moves Gay Marriage Ban to Committee More Inclined to Advance It

BosmaIndiana House Speaker Brian Bosma made the unusual move of directing the proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage from the House Judiciary Committee to the House Elections and Apportionment Committee today even though the former has already held a hearing with hours of public testimony.

Why?

The bill is stalling in the Judiciary Committee for lack of support and the new committee is more conservative and contains at least one Democrat who says he supports a ban, the AP reports:

Bosma had promised publicly to let the ban run a normal course in the Legislature but took a more forceful role in advancing it amid concerns that it would die in committee.

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  1. Can somebody please file a federal lawsuit in that state to shut this bigot down?

    Posted by: Anthony | Jan 21, 2014 3:25:55 PM


  2. Xtianist fascist.

    Posted by: TheSeer | Jan 21, 2014 3:26:28 PM


  3. Jeez. Don't they have any calendars in Indiana? It's 2014, fer chrissake!

    Posted by: K in VA | Jan 21, 2014 3:30:36 PM


  4. Well, he's the speaker so apparently he can do what he wants. Guess we're going to see alot of $$$ wasted for an Indiana campaign. Will be interesting to see what the Hoosier state does in November.

    Posted by: Gerry | Jan 21, 2014 3:46:05 PM


  5. Douch_bag Xtianist fascist.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Jan 21, 2014 3:51:34 PM


  6. Another colossal GOP waste of politicians' time and tax-payer money on an issue that's on its way down the tubes nationwide. Will these GOPers never learn their lesson from tilting at windmills?

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jan 21, 2014 3:58:58 PM


  7. What kind of future do these bigots envision? Does Brian Bosma really believe for a minute that he has a chance to sustain his prejudice? or that he will somehow gain political capital out of this? Historically prejudice tends to contract so I don't get what value there is in promoting these losing attitudes.

    Posted by: Rafael | Jan 21, 2014 4:01:02 PM


  8. So while these gay marriage bans are being struck down across the country, Indiana will be in campaign mode about it, so essentially they will become the laughing stock of the nation. Makes perfect sense!

    Posted by: Anthony | Jan 21, 2014 4:02:42 PM


  9. Committee shopping. That's pretty damned low.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Jan 21, 2014 4:06:44 PM


  10. It is like replacing the jury because you don't like the verdict. Changing committees was one choice he had, the other was changing committee members. If he can get it to the house, it will be on the ballot. This Legislature is very bigot heavy.

    Posted by: Jeff York | Jan 21, 2014 5:36:13 PM


  11. Anthony, Indiana is already the laughingstock of the nation. This just cements our role.

    It's a typical "gerrymandering" of the courts and other systems here, happens here all the time.

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 21, 2014 6:38:23 PM


  12. There is still a chance it could be amended in the House, as there are still 20 undecided representatives who are all up for re-election in November, but if it advances out of the House it's all but certain to be on the ballot

    Posted by: Stefan | Jan 21, 2014 6:53:27 PM


  13. Republicans are pure scum. There's a gay GOP candidate for state assembly who ended his campaign today over this - and he left the Republican party. People are fleeing that crappy party. http://www.bilerico.com/2014/01/indiana_gop_forces_marriage_push_candidate_quits.php

    Posted by: Reality | Jan 21, 2014 10:57:35 PM


  14. Well, this is what Republicans do, change the rules, move the goalposts, lie, cheat, steal, obfuscate, obstruct, whenever they cannot get their way through legal means. They'll fail. It's too late. Marriage equality is a force that cannot be denied. Deal with it, all you christian evangelical effluvia and christian fundamentalist filth.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 22, 2014 12:15:55 AM


  15. Republicans just love to waste taxpayer money. Oh that's right - it's not wasted - they give it to their rich lawyer friends who take these cases then it doesn't look like they are simply stealing taxpayer money.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jan 22, 2014 12:33:51 AM


  16. If it gets banned, its just going to end up in court sooner or later, after a gay couple gets married in another state and then moves to Indiana for work or whatever. These people fighting equality are so frustrating. They truly, genuinely believe that gay marriage somehow affects their own marriages or children or society at large, and refuse to accept the proof to the contrary. Ah well. Go ahead, waste your taxpayers dollars on this useless fight, I suppose. It's just a matter of time before this is all just another chapter of history.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Jan 22, 2014 9:45:45 AM


  17. The KKK was once really big in Indiana, and this is more proof that they're still there.

    Posted by: Lexis | Jan 22, 2014 5:34:10 PM


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