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Ind. committee chair kicks gay rights activist out of marriage hearing

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The chairman of the House Elections Committee has expelled an opponent of the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage from a second House hearing on the measure.

Milo Smith

Milo Smith

Rep. Milo Smith looked up to the House gallery during Wednesday’s hearing and asked Statehouse police to remove a man who had waved a thumbs-down sign after Smith asked the crowd to keep quiet.

The House hearings on a proposed marriage ban have been largely orderly, but opponents of the ban erupted into laughter during testimony Wednesday from the Family Research Council’s Ken Klukowski.

After Klukowski argued national trends could lead toward the legalization of polygamy in some states, a Democratic lawmaker asked if the committee should vote on banning polygamy as well.

Opponents of the ban showed up in force for the Wednesday afternoon hearing wearing red shirts to signal their opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma announced Tuesday that he was moving the proposed ban and a companion measure to the House Elections Committee at the request of GOP lawmakers who wanted to vote on the issue. The measure stalled in the House Judiciary Committee last week amid concerns from a few Republican committee members.

Legislators approved the proposed amendment with broad bipartisan majorities in 2011. But a shift in public attitudes combined with a strong campaign by opponents has spurred apprehension among many lawmakers.

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  1. Are you fucking kidding me?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:16pm
  2. then kick them out of office

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:17pm
  3. Easier said than done in Indiana.

    Replied on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 2:08pm
  4. Yeah but its much easier there than in texas

    Replied on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 4:03pm
  5. Homo Stultus knuckle dragging assholes! That should be unconstitutional!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:19pm
  6. Not good

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:19pm
  7. Yeah, democracy in action…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:19pm
  8. Bullshit!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:20pm
  9. poorly written article, nothing stating why they were kicked out.. if you are going to use that as a headline, then back it up with facts as to why..

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:21pm
  10. media? facts?...nonsense.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:25pm
  11. You mean like this: "Rep. Milo Smith looked up to the House gallery during Wednesday’s hearing and asked Statehouse police to remove a man who had waved a thumbs-down sign after Smith asked the crowd to keep quiet." It's possible that the person waving the sign was also being noisy, but my assumption is that the reason it's a headline is because the man was not truly being disruptive (waving a sign doesn't normally make a lot of noise, after all).

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:26pm
  12. but we are forced to make a conjecture as to why they were kicked out. That is more like Faux Noise style of news reporting... And, IMHO - that is terrible journalism.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:27pm
  13. SMH, c'mon John Mattson. Do you really think there's more to the story? After all, the Republicans have been so fair on the issue up to this point... like moving the bill to a committee that will advance it. Do you really think they are above silencing their opponents without good cause?

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:41pm
  14. What conjecture? The Rep. asked police to remove a man for waving a sign he clearly disagreed with. Seems pretty clear to me. Do you need to know what he was wearing, or what his race is, or how many times he's attended these demonstrations... or are you the one reading more into this despicable strong arm tactic? It wouldn't be the first time state police have removed law abiding folks from a 1st Amendment protected peaceful demonstration. You just need to look at Wisconsin's Gov. for that. I am a journalist and the only thing wrong with this story is it could articulate what the law in Indiana is pertaining to lawful assembly, but again police don't always follow the law either now do they?

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:43pm
  15. Randy, the republican leader is not the one who wrote the story. the journalist failed in the extreme. trying to use buzz words to get us angry - without giving us all the information, that is the hall marks of faux noise and allan joyce. I expected more from that title, I expected an expose on what happened and what led them to be kicked out. That is poor journalism, sensationalism at its best.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:43pm
  16. what a fucking tool you are. "expose"... seriously, go troll elsewhere!

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:46pm
  17. wow, you resort to name calling randy. seriously? you really need to take your meds.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:47pm
  18. You know, you have choices. go get your news elsewhere if lgbtnation doesn't meet your standards.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:50pm
  19. No. It's not poor journalism, it's not any of those things. The guy kicked someone out of the chamber waving a sign. You need to listen to more lies, John? Or are you willing to see what was going on, which was a guy who decided to remove an activist who was on the opposite side?

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:52pm
  20. There need to be a major Lawsuit, No person is to be thrown out of a committee meeting if giving testimony on a subject.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:21pm
  21. What a friggen plight.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:21pm
  22. Was the “thumbs down” sign that the opponent was carrying too loud?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:22pm
  23. What a disgusting and discriminating asshole.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:25pm
  24. they’ll do what they want to do…and hold up progress..doesnt matter though.. the highest court in the land has spoken and its on our side

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:29pm
  25. All these state politicians are just loosing control and freaking out over the inedible fact that marriage equality is coming… nationwide and they are insane with tactics trying to stop it… They are trying to stop a tidal wave… it can’t be done…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:31pm
  26. Bye bye

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:32pm
  27. Republicans can only lie, cheat and steal to get their way.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:35pm
  28. Hey I think this guy could be Putin brother.That is really stupid to kick out just for fighting for equal rights and I believe in equal rights for everyone because we are all human beings not invisible like some people think because-people are different

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:37pm
  29. Totalitarian government in Indianapolis

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:39pm
  30. The dude looks like Assad – President of Syria

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:41pm
  31. Vote his ass RIGHT out of office

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:41pm
  32. Good luck with that, Indiana seems to REWARD bigotry instead of punishing it. Remember this is the state that chased a kid out of school and harassed his family out of town because he had HIV.

    Replied on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 2:11pm
  33. What a waste of time

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:44pm
  34. Bastards

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:45pm
  35. ok this is not how you work with for the people

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:48pm
  36. Apparently this guy is in the wrong country.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:48pm
  37. What classy asshat!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:52pm
  38. Tyrant and undemocratic homophobic bigot monster hater protest now!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:53pm
  39. They were told to not make a thumbs down gesture, he did it, he got kicked out, that seems fair

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:58pm
  40. The nerve of some people >:0

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:58pm
  41. Mr. chairman, your days are numbered sitting in that chair…The people won’t stand for bigotry.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:59pm
  42. Make sure that is a fact!!!!

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:37pm
  43. Unfortunately, with it being Indiana, if anything, the governor will appoint him to a cabinet position over this. :(

    Replied on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 4:15am
  44. Sorry David, this is Indiana, he may get a Medal from the Bigot Governor for that.

    Replied on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 2:08pm
  45. Vote them out #TimeIsNow #ChangeIsComing like it not!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:03pm
  46. SHOCKER!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:09pm
  47. .. sad. little. man.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:09pm
  48. He looks like Barney Fife.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:10pm
  49. Check out the mustache. Hmmmm…… Who does it remind you of?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:11pm
  50. what a cunthole

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:17pm
  51. shes ugly..not man enough to be with a man..;)

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:35pm
  52. Wow, nice to see American hatred at work.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:37pm
  53. Open and fair discussions – down the toilet…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:41pm
  54. And here I thought that all the examples of Homo neanderthalensis had disappeared. Apparently they all joined the Republican Party and moved to Indiana…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:45pm
  55. Classy

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:48pm
  56. No, see, this is what the process is about. Voices get heard. Not kicked out of the hearing.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:54pm
  57. Scaredy cat. What’s the matter, you afraid he’s going to make a better argument than you? Or are you following the republican guidelines of “if you ain’t republican and you don’t stand up to pee, you can’t say anything in here”?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:55pm
  58. Bosma is a typical GOP Fascist trying to force his beliefs down the throats of Hoosiers. Just another ALEC/Koch-rot Bros. minion.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:56pm
  59. Hmm,…this “kicking out” idea sounds grand with respect the the current batch of haters in this Indiana government.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 12:03am
  60. Who does this Walter-Mitty-looking milksop think he is?! Does he honestly believe he can alter the process and blatantly manipulate the system and NOT get caught?!

    His ass is grass!

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 12:04am
  61. i believe thats unconstitutional

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 12:25am
  62. Dictatorship at its best.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 12:26am
  63. What a nazi.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 12:33am
  64. In other words, we have no right to be pissed off that they’re trying to further erode our rights.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 12:55am
  65. All the polygamists that I’ve read about are heterosexual.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 12:56am
  66. They would have to drag me from the hearing kicking and screaming

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 12:58am
  67. Wouldn’t want to hear any opposing views–14% or so of humanity has to be a mistake on God’s part.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 1:37am
  68. This is how are tax dollars are being wasted.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 1:42am
  69. is that even legal ???????

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 1:56am
  70. It’s a moot point. If it passes it will face a federal suit and it will be thrown out like Utah and others

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 1:57am
  71. That’s ok, the Gay Mafia will get him back!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 2:12am
  72. Indiana is sounding more and more like Mississippi

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 2:14am
  73. The unwillingness of an elected official to allow all viewpoints to be heard is the sign of absolute tyranny. This guy needs to go!

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 3:11am
  74. Throw the bigot under the bus.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 3:22am
  75. So much for free speech I guess.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 3:30am
  76. usual tard dumbass

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 4:11am
  77. I hope he realizes that course of action will not substantiate his case.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 4:22am
  78. Indiana has always sucked!! I escaped back in 88

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 4:48am
  79. he can the public get him removed from his chair? legally?

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:53am
  80. Look at his hating hypocritical face.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 6:34am
  81. Boo!!! Hiss!!!! This amendment is wrong and will be opposed!!! VOTE Democratic on Tuesday November 4th 2014 or this could come to pass, among other things…

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 6:35am
  82. Idiot!

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 8:26am
  83. Dumbshits….bigots….repubs need to be voted out!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 9:25am
  84. The state rep who headed this up has an openly gay son. Please support family values and let him know he is a bad father today. His number is (800) 382-9841 or (812) 372-2121. His name is Milo Smith everyone!

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 9:36am
  85. protest are comeing..

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 10:07am
  86. Oh, gee, another ASS-HAT.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 10:28am
  87. Boy they are fighting hard to oppress, it’s not working! I love the protesters! When will they learn?

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 12:24pm
  88. Throw his ass out of office!

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 12:46pm
  89. Totalitarian bastards!

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 1:23pm
  90. I’ve live there several times in my life – nice place to visit but wouldn’t want to live there now. Didn’t know they elected so many bigoted asses. They need to get with the times!

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 2:28pm
  91. WELCOME TO AMERICA: Germany, WWII right wing christian republican mentality…….they had the intelligence to think of sewing a Pink Triangle on the clothing of Gay Men, shot them, then threw them into the ovens…….WELCOME TO AMERICA: VOTE HILLARY TO KEEP AMERICA FREE AND SAFE…

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 2:33pm
  92. ???

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 2:49pm
  93. fucking chair. fuck yourself fucking cunt

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 3:16pm