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Watch LIVE: Indiana Senate Rules Committee Hearing on Gay Marriage Ban

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The Indiana Senate Rules Committee has begun consideration on the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Unless language struck by the House that also 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 measure will NOT go to voters this year and must start the process of going through the legislature all over again.

Anti-gay Republican governor Mike Pence last week urged lawmakers to reinsert the language and send the measure to voters this year.

Watch the live feed HERE.

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  1. The same people who want the unfettered right to use their "Religious Freedom" also want to deny me the same inalienable rights that are guaranteed by the United States Constitution. I wish one member of the anti-marriage equality faction could explain to me how forcing me, a man born gay 65 years ago, to marry a woman and forcing me to father children is good for the country. I'm a homosexual, damn it, and I deserve to enjoy the same rights heterosexual couples have. My partner, soon-to-be husband, and I have lived & loved together happily for the past 10 years. Who are you to deny me the privileges guaranteed by our Founding Fathers?

    Posted by: DamFine | Feb 10, 2014 3:25:06 PM


  2. It's hard to believe Indiana would willingly slide backwards to the recent regrettable past. They would become the laughing stock of progressive states with this attempt at a division of modern society and placing labels on citizens we have all outgrown as a country at this point. Mistakes could always be made in attempts to send a "message" that they are aligned with a stagnated party even at the placing of citizens in an illegal secondary class.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Feb 10, 2014 3:48:47 PM


  3. 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 | Feb 10, 2014 5:52:06 PM


  4. The Two Mothers and the Wisdom of Solomon.

    The story is recounted in 1Kings 3:16-28. Two young women who lived in the same house and who both had an infant son came to Solomon for a judgement.

    One of the women claimed that the other, after accidentally smothering her own son while sleeping, had exchanged the two children to make it appear that the living child was hers. The other woman denied this and so both women claimed to be the mother of the living son and said that the dead boy belonged to the other.

    King Solomon said, "Bring me a sword!" So they brought a sword before the King.

    The King said, "Cut the living child in two, and give half to one and half to the other"

    The woman (#2) turned to the King, because her compassion was aroused for her son, and said: "Please my Lord, give her the living child and do not kill it!"

    But the other woman (#1) said: "Neither mine nor yours shall he be. Cut!"

    The King spoke up and said: "Give her (#2) the living child, and do not kill it, for she is his mother!"

    All of Israel heard the judgment that the King had judged. They had great awe for the King, for they saw that the Wisdom of God was within him to do justice.

    [I Melachim 3:16 - 27].

    The true mother was rightfully awarded custody of her son.

    Posted by: I'm layla miller i know stuff | Feb 10, 2014 5:57:07 PM


  5. This is what happens when you give RepubliThugs unfettered control of your State House, State Senate and the Governorship. Even though I love my state, it is full of stupid hicks who do not think about human rights, they only think about what prices have rolled back at WalMart.

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | Feb 10, 2014 7:53:11 PM


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