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Indiana Senator with Gay Brother Will Make Last Ditch Attempt to Pass Same-Sex Marriage Ban: VIDEO


Indiana State Senator Mike Delph (R-Carmel), who had a meltdown on social media last week after the Senate failed to reinsert language that would get the state's gay marriage ban to voters this year, held a press conference on Monday morning:

Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, said Monday that he wants to use a procedural move to try to put a ban on civil unions back into a state constitutional amendment against gay marriage—although he’s not sure the votes are there to approve it.

In a press conference in the Statehouse rotunda Monday morning, Delph said he will vote against the measure if he’s not successful in restoring the original language to the proposed amendment, which included a ban on civil unions. Without the language on civil unions, Delph said, the proposal does little if anything to legally protect traditional marriage.

“This is my preferred way to bring closure to this entire matter,” Delph said. “Done in November 2014. Once and for all.”

Watch the press conference, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Indiana Senate is preparing for a final vote on the measure. Because the House struck language that would have banned any legal relationship that is "identical or substantially similar" to marriage is restored (and then sent back to the House and reapproved this session), the Senate would have had to reinsert the language and have the House pass it again to have it sent to voters this year. They chose not to do so in a first vote last week.

2_delphDelph's Twitter meltdown following last week's vote prompted reporters to question him about his behavior, the Indy Channel reports:

...a reporter asked Delph, "Had you been drinking or using drugs during your Twitter barrage?”

Delph did not take the question lightly.

“What kind of question is that? That is just asinine. I’d been drinking tea… and that’s… are you trying to make news? That’s an offensive, asinine question. And you know, that is indicative - that type of idiotic question is indicative of the public’s frustration with the media, who is supposed to report news, not make news. So I’m not even going to respond to that anymore. That’s ridiculous," Delph said. He then turned to the room for more questions, "Yeah -- anybody else?”

Crickets greeted the question.

And perhaps the weirdest thing about Delph's intensity interest in a gay marriage ban is the fact that he has a gay brother.

Brother_delphThe Indy Star reports:

Stephen Delph said his brother has seen him win pageant titles in drag and has met his boyfriends. Once, Mike Delph even tried to set him up with a gay friend, Stephen said.

"During his swearing in, I'm down there with makeup and long hair and Ralph Lauren turtle neck, meeting everyone and he had no problem with that," Stephen said. "He knows I'm artistic and different and he has no problems with that at all....Never once has he called me evil or an abomination. He's never told me I'm un-Christian-like."

In fact, his younger brother stuck up for him after Stephen came out as a 13-year-old student in Carmel-Clay schools.

"He got in fights to defend me," Stephen said.

Watch the press conference and an interview with Senator Delph's brother Stephen, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Republican "family values" at work again. Nothing but backstabbing scum.

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 17, 2014 1:25:45 PM

  2. Sorry, little bro, but your big brother doesn't love you as much as you might like to think he does.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 17, 2014 1:26:46 PM

  3. It looks like Delph has closed his Twitter account or removed his comments.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Feb 17, 2014 1:29:16 PM

  4. Considering the antics of Tom Ford and Anthony Weiner, I should think asking politicians about their state of mind when using social media is valid. The reporter can always use the double negative "The pol did not deny using drugs or medications before going on his rant" language to get back at him.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 17, 2014 1:34:00 PM

  5. Uncle Tom gays and republican family values. How quaint. It's practically a Norman Rockewll painting.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Feb 17, 2014 1:43:41 PM

  6. “Done in November 2014. Once and for all.”

    Dream on. Wait until the federal courts get hold of it.

    Posted by: Hunter | Feb 17, 2014 1:45:29 PM

  7. When I went to college at Indiana U, I was so startled at the rampant bigotry against anyone non-white and non-straight. I guess I though the state was far enough North. I got out of there within a year, thank goddess.

    Posted by: Lifesart | Feb 17, 2014 1:51:53 PM

  8. Look how people react on homosexuality in football. That's some European magazine -

    Posted by: Mister Q | Feb 17, 2014 1:57:04 PM

  9. At about 10 minutes in, this windbag admits that his aim with the constitutional amendment is to write his supposed Judeo-Christian traditional view of marriage into the Indiana constitution, even though he knows most Hoosiers won't want this, even two years from now.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 17, 2014 2:01:20 PM

  10. A politician with interests in direct conflict with how he conducts his private life or how his family conducts theirs is nothing new. Those politicians just becomes a paid mouthpiece for their donors who can't spread their own bigotry openly.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Feb 17, 2014 2:02:07 PM

  11. I've seen hate, but this guy takes the cake. What a poor excuse of a man.

    Posted by: Jay | Feb 17, 2014 2:03:52 PM

  12. This guy is a moron. At about 15 minutes in, he repeats the fact that most Hoosiers will oppose his amendment later, if he's not able to ram it through now.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 17, 2014 2:04:01 PM

  13. I think football and religion are the root of all evil.

    Posted by: Jules | Feb 17, 2014 2:05:07 PM

  14. @Anon
    Is it Rob Ford, the mayor in Toronto, to whom (I believe) you refer? Not Tom Ford, the insanely hot fashion designer...correct?

    Posted by: dctopman | Feb 17, 2014 2:09:12 PM

  15. Delph? More like Dolf, A. Dolf.

    Posted by: Nick | Feb 17, 2014 2:14:29 PM

  16. That question at the end was sweet :D

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 17, 2014 2:17:37 PM

  17. Justice Heyburn
    '... the Constitution, including its equal protection and due process clauses, protects all of us from government action at ANY level, whether in the form of an act by a high official, a state employee, a legislature, or a vote of the people adopting a constitutional amendment.'

    There's always one extremist that refuses to look at reality. Whether legislative act, statute, or vote of the people it matters not.

    Hate groups like ADF, NOM, & AFA are to blame. They make a living peddling hate and fund election campaigns for people like Derp. (Yeah that was intentional SpaceCadet). As long as they can collect money to agitate we'll be fighting this kind of lunacy.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Feb 17, 2014 2:20:54 PM

  18. His brother is not gay, it's a filthy fag. I wish we could separate fags and normal gay people.

    Posted by: litper | Feb 17, 2014 2:28:10 PM

  19. Litper, what is your damage?

    Posted by: Mikey | Feb 17, 2014 2:38:49 PM

  20. See comment by troll above for obvious example of internal homophobia.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 17, 2014 2:39:30 PM

  21. "He got in fights to defend me," Stephen said.

    Those days are over, big bro. People change.

    Posted by: JJ | Feb 17, 2014 2:41:59 PM

  22. the gay brother is delusional. honey, sorry but your bigoted brother ain't gonna hide you in a gay holocaust.

    Posted by: jed | Feb 17, 2014 3:09:07 PM

  23. I was really puzzled to read about the "gay" brother's support for this bigot. But as a I read more and then saw video of the brother, it became clear: the brother is not gay, but transgender. As many trans people are extremely antigay and actually oppose marriage equality for gay and lesbian people, it is not terribly surprising that this transgender would back a bigot with the same views. In fact, one of the most famous transgeders in the world, the "pioneer" transexual Renee Richards has attacked marriage equality and has worried that allowing gays to marry would undermine the sanctity of marriage.

    Posted by: Sammy | Feb 17, 2014 3:33:51 PM

  24. See comment by troll above for obvious example of transphobia.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 17, 2014 3:45:17 PM

  25. Sammy and Lipter have a point, however crude. People like Spacecadet would keep gays in the ghetto's and getting beaten up.

    Man up dude. Sheez.

    Posted by: Rowan | Feb 17, 2014 3:50:47 PM

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