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04/19/2007


Indiana House Deals Blow to Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment by Striking Sentence Forbidding Similar Unions

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The Indiana House voted 52-43 to approve an amendment striking the second sentence of HJR 3, the amendment to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage.

VoteThe second sentence prohibited any legal relationship that is "identical or substantially similar" to marriage.

Freedom Indiana tweets that "With the removal of the 2nd sentence, #HJR3 will likely NOT go to the ballot in November. This is a huge win for freedom & liberty!"

NUVO reported yesterday:

An amendment to HJR 3 means the constitutional amendment process would likely restart. That could postpone a possible ratification by voters from this fall to 2016.

The Indy Star adds:

If the General Assembly approves the measure as amended, civil unions would not be explicitly banned and the proposed constitutional amendment would not go to voters this November.

Rep. Randy Truitt, a West Lafayette Republican, proposed the amendment. He got support from Democrats and some GOP members, including some who voted in favor of the amendment in 2011.

So, from the way things look, this may send the whole measure back to the starting line.

Developing...


Gay Son of Indiana House Committee Chairman Who Voted for Same-Sex Marriage Ban Speaks Out

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Chris Smith, the gay son of Representative Milo Smith, chairman of the Elections Committee that just passed HJR-3 on to the full House, spoke out in support of the Indiana LGBT community on Facebook last night, expressing disappointment about his father's actions.

Milo_smithWrote Smith to the Indiana Equality page:

Hello everyone. I am the gay son of Representative Milo Smith, chairman of the Elections Committee that just passed HJR-3 onto the full House. I'm not here to badmouth my dad. I'm terribly disappointed in his decision and beliefs, but he's not going to change them now if he hasn't after all these years of knowing I am gay. I am here to support you and my friends who remain in Indiana. They are my extended family.

On his own page, Smith noted that his stance "puts me in clear conflict with my own father" and pointed out some press he had received because of their relationship.

One article from NUVO notes that the elder Smith failed to warn his son that he was pushing the measure:

"I'm pretty familiar with what's going on," Chris said in a telephone interview Thursday. "Over the weekend, a newspaper quoted my dad saying he believed marriage to be between a man and a woman."

His dad had not told him about HJR 3 or about the hearing or about his vote, Chris said, but "making the decision to vote for HJR 3 after having listened to all those people talk about love and family ... it boggles the mind."

And NUVO's reporter spoke with Rep. Smith after the bill was passed:

He confirmed his core belief that codifying a heterosexually exclusive definition of marriage into the constitution will protect what he sees as the proper configuration of a married partnership. As for the rest of it — the mandate that other configurations shall not be recognized — that's the part where he feels the voters should be able to cast the judgments.

I asked him if he felt Chris left the state because of strong anti-gay streams in the atmosphere. He said he didn't think so, but that I'd have to ask Chris.

Whenever he talks to Chris, the representative said, "I say 'I love you son.' And he says, 'I love you dad.'"


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.


Gay Marriage Ban to Get Full Indiana House Consideration on Monday

A bill to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage  in Indiana that passed out of a house committee on Wednesday night will get a full House consideration on Monday, WANE reports:

IndianaAfter passing out of an Indiana House committee Wednesday night, the bill banning gay marriage will have its second read in the House the week of January 27 to 31. The third and final reading of the bill known as HJR-3 will follow that and should be followed by a vote.

If it passes out of the House, the entire procedure will start over in the Senate. If it passes there, the public in November will have the chance to vote whether or not to add an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage.

The amendment would need to pass two separately-elected General Assemblies and be approved by a voter majority in a public referendum before becoming part of the constitution.


Gay Indiana Candidate Leaves the Republican Party Over GOP Drive for Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Andy Markle, a gay Republican running for state representative in Indianapolis, announced he is leaving the Republican Party on Tuesday in response by the Indiana House Speaker's power play on marriage equality which advanced the gay marriage ban to the full Indiana House.

MarkleWrote Markle on Facebook Tuesday:

Today is a day that will never be forgotten in the hearts of many Hoosiers, including my own. For the past few years, we have seen political posturing occur over a divisive amendment that has been the subject of great scrutiny by constitutional lawyers, economists, business persons and even politicians. We have seen a state divide over an issue that should have never been an issue. We have seen a state full of hospitality become a breeding ground for inequality and a debate that does not show the true values that the Hoosier State encompasses.

It deeply saddens me to see the state that I have called home for the past 8 years plunge into a debate over a minority group's civil rights. 

It is with a heavy heart but with a clear conscience that I announce the end of my run for Indiana State House of Representatives, District 99, as a Republican. With today's announcement by House Speaker Brian Bosma, that he is using extraordinary and unprecedented rules to change House Joint Resolution 3's committee assignment, I have no choice but to resign my candidacy as a Republican. 

As an openly gay male and a conservative, I find it deplorable that the state would choose to take such extraordinary measures to disenfranchise me and my fellow LGBT brothers and sisters. In an era where my party declared that it was the party of "small government" and "less intrusion", it has been confirmed that it is not the party of small government or less intrusion. 

I am not leaving the Republican Party; the Republican Party has left me.

HJR-3, the constitutional ban on gay marriage, was moved to the Elections and Apportionment Committee by House Speaker Brian Bosma in a power play after it began to look like it might fail in the House Judiciary Committee. Bosma's unusual move turned out to be successful for the anti-gay conservatives. The bill passed 9-3 yesterday and now moves to the full House. The amendment would need to pass two separately-elected General Assemblies and be approved by a voter majority in a public referendum before becoming part of the constitution.

(via think progress)


Indiana House Panel Advances Gay Marriage Ban Following Power Play by Speaker

BosmaThe Indiana House Elections and Apportionment Committee advanced HJR-3, the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage by a vote of 9-3 along party lines after more than four hours of debate. The bill will now move to the full House.

The bill was moved to the Elections and Apportionment Committee by House Speaker Brian Bosma (pictured) in a power play after it began to look like it might fail in the House Judiciary Committee. Bosma's unusual move turned out to be successful for the anti-gay conservatives.

The amendment would need to pass two separately-elected General Assemblies and be approved by a voter majority in a public referendum before becoming part of the constitution.


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