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Indiana Governor Pushes Lawmakers to Send Gay Marriage Ban to Voters This Year: VIDEO


Indiana Governor Mike Pence knows that because a sentence banning civil unions was struck by the House from the language of HJR3 last week, the bill, which would constitutionally ban same-sex marriage, will need to start its process over unless the Senate replaces the sentence. A rewritten amendment would need to pass two separately-elected General Assemblies before going to voters.

So now Pence is speaking to news media pleading with lawmakers to replace the sentence, WISH-TV reports.

Said Pence: “Let me say I support traditional marriage, and I expressed support for the resolution that the legislature passed during the last session and considered at the outset of this session.”


The Senate is expected to consider the bill around February 10.

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  1. Yes, Governor because you're a coward and want to blame your homophobic bigotry on the voters!

    Posted by: Paul | Jan 31, 2014 3:05:19 PM

  2. What a hateful piece of trash!

    Posted by: RK | Jan 31, 2014 3:20:42 PM

  3. He's the Rethug's golden boy. Anything he can say to galvanize his base, he'll say it. Look for him in the Presidential race in 2016 or 2020.

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 31, 2014 3:29:55 PM

  4. The key will be the Republicans in the House who "bolted" from their party to vote in favor of striking the "civil union" sentence. As long as most of these "bolters" don't cave in to pressure from the Governor and House Speaker when (and if) the Senate bill comes back to the House, then it's not going to referendum this year.

    Thanks to many of those in Indiana who have united to fight this issue: the universities (Indiana U, DePauw, Wabash Butler, etc), mayors and council of cities (Indianapolis, Evansville, Muncie, South Bend, etc), big important Indiana companies (Eli Lilly, Cummins, Aloca, Dow Agro Sciences), even the Indy Bar Assn and the Indy Chamber of Commerce. Please keep pushing those Republican House members not to cave in.

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | Jan 31, 2014 3:33:25 PM

  5. The letter of the law versus the spirit of the law

    The letter of the law versus the spirit of the law is an idiomatic antithesis. When one obeys the letter of the law but not the spirit, one is obeying the literal interpretation of the words (the "letter") of the law, but not the intent of those who wrote the law.

    Conversely, when one obeys the spirit of the law but not the letter, one is doing what the authors of the law intended, though not adhering to the literal wording.

    "Law" originally referred to legislative statute, but in the idiom may refer to any kind of rule.

    Intentionally following the letter of the law but not the spirit may be accomplished through exploiting technicalities, loopholes, and ambiguous language.

    Following the letter of the law but not the spirit is also a tactic used by oppressive governments.

    Posted by: I'm layla miller i know stuff | Jan 31, 2014 3:33:50 PM

  6. what does supporting traditional marriage have to do with denying civil marriage rights to gays and lesbians ?

    Posted by: Andy Towlette | Jan 31, 2014 3:41:57 PM

  7. What a shame that fairly intelligent people, as the governor may be, have to pander to idiot voters who think the government should be an extension of their church.

    Voters confused about the difference between laws (for all citizens) and sacred rites (just for them).

    So he has to say something pointless ("I support traditional marriage.") when no one is attacking traditional marriage. Extending marriage to gay couples only strengthens the institution, it doesn't threaten it.

    Posted by: james st. james | Jan 31, 2014 4:04:32 PM

  8. Pence is a Tea Party fave. He will do everything in his power to push Indiana backwards. He doesn't want it on the 2016 ballot because that is a Presidential Election and his reelection (hopefully not). We can pray that either ballot it gets on will find Indiana voters against putting bigotry into the constitution.

    Posted by: JEFF YORK | Jan 31, 2014 5:23:15 PM

  9. Mike Pence, smug s.o.b. I look forward to when his kind is truly a dinosaur. Right now though, he's rallying around hate for gays because he thinks that will get him votes, and he really believes his own worth depends on devaluing gay people.

    I will always consider myself a Hoosier. But Mike Pence is the essence of what is the worst about Indiana. If only most Hoosiers came out and actually voted (besides only the olds), maybe Pence-fangs wouldn't be gov'nor.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Jan 31, 2014 7:47:56 PM

  10. He is a TROLL! An absolute waste of garbage.

    Posted by: Reality | Jan 31, 2014 10:05:29 PM

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