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Ind. governor Mike Pence wants decision on same-sex marriage ban this year

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Mike Pence delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature at the Statehouse Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Indianapolis.

Darron Cummings, AP
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature at the Statehouse Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS — Republican Gov. Mike Pence says the debate over whether to amend Indiana’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage should be decided “once and for all” this year.

Pence reiterated his support for traditional marriage during his State of the State address Tuesday and said voters should decide the matter in November.

He urged “civility and respect” during the debate that already has brought hundreds of activists to the Statehouse.

“Let’s have a debate worthy of our people with civility and respect. Let’s protect the rights of Hoosier employers to hire who they want and provide them with benefits that they earn. And then let’s resolve this issue this year once and for all,” he said, to applause from the assembled lawmakers, a majority of whom are Republicans.

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Pence spoke before a joint session of House and Senate members held in the House chamber. Just one day earlier in the same space, a key House panel delayed a vote on the marriage amendment following hours of emotional testimony on the issue.

Lawmakers first approved the proposed constitutional ban in 2011. It must pass again this year to be put to voters in November. If lawmakers don’t act, the process of amending the constitution would start from scratch.

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, said Pence had a chance to “douse the flames” on the gay marriage debate, but did not.

Opponents of the ban say state law already defines marriage as between a man and a woman and that a constitutional ban will paint Indiana as unfriendly.

Supporters want the constitution amended to make it harder for future legislatures to reverse the law.

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53 more reader comments:

  1. I want your hate deported to Russia where it belongs!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:22am
  2. Another Closet Case

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:22am
  3. poor !!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:23am
  4. OK here’s a decision, NO

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:23am
  5. I hope he can see “the writing on the wall”- because even if a ban passes, they seem to quickly be erased by court order as we have seen with Utah, and now most recently Oklahoma!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:23am
  6. He can see the writing. That's why he wants to get it done this year. His chances delete with time.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:21am
  7. Can we consider all crap like this a HATE CRIME, and should be prosecuted by the Feds

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:37am
  8. I watched it. He believes in “traditional marriage” and it made me want to ask him, does that mean you also could possibly believe in a nontraditional marriage AND traditional marriage?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:25am
  9. Equal rights! HUMAN rights!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:26am
  10. Me thinks thou does protest too much Mr Pence…..

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:27am
  11. Stop wasting tax payer money… marriage equality is inevitable!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:27am
  12. How can “the debate” be freakin civil when he – and heinous people like him – seek to disenfranchise their fellow American citizens??!!??

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:29am
  13. Tell him to ‘uck off.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:31am
  14. this guy is a tyrant of unconstitutionality! He has infringed upon the First Amendment by assailing establishments of religion by making it a class B misdemeanor for clergy of all religions to solemnize a same sex wedding within their places of worship, which would only be ceremonial since it is illegal in Indiana to begin with!I’m still waiting for someone to sue the State over that, its obviously a gigantic abridgment of the rule of law!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:33am
  15. Look out MR Governor,the decision is coming your way ,no you can’t run & you can’t hide…the decision is made rightfully by equality!!! You might have to throw your seat because it sounds like it would ultimately be your demise!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:33am
  16. Why can’t these people shut up and stop trying to regulate Love.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:34am
  17. The Federal Court is going to shove it right up his Indiana ass.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:35am
  18. One can only hope...SOON!

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:47am
  19. of course he wants it now. Once elections comes around he may not be around to push his bigoted ideals.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:37am
  20. Apparently he isn’t paying attention to what is happening to other states that are trying to impose a same sex marriage ban….

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:42am
  21. I am not sure,why are they wasting there money and time trying to ban it.If the courts ro the supreme court are going to find inconstitutional.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:47am
  22. Love! Hahaha! What shit for brains! Does he think he’s exceptional? Indiana Schlampe!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:48am
  23. gee you couldn’t have said this three weeks ago now could ya?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:49am
  24. If the ban is reversed I’m sure he won’t consider it decided “once and for all”.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:00am
  25. Well isn’t he special? I’m sure the Supreme Court will just get right on it when they hear that Gov. Mike has his tidy whities all in a bunch over this.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:00am
  26. He can’t fight the momentum of gay marriage legalization!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:02am
  27. an embarrassment to Indiana. >:(

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:08am
  28. He can fight it but he will loose and it will cost a bunch of money.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:09am
  29. I agree with Ron Ron Hertz. And answer in a year? Seriously this is only January!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:09am
  30. The Bigger Question.. Will the US Supreme Court rule the State Constitution unconstitutional?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:10am
  31. Well, Governor…..if marriage equality happens to go nationwide, by way of an eventual SCOTUS ruling, your precious “statewide constitutional ban” isn’t gonna mean Jack!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:22am
  32. No asswipe. It will be decided at the Supreme court when it sends your sorry ass packing.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:29am
  33. How about they make a decision to ban Mike Pence instead?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:31am
  34. I want to see a decision on his political future – one that includes a return to private life!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:32am
  35. For being a Governor, his FB page is pretty sparse with Likes. He’s taking a pretty good beating on there for his stance on gays. https://www.facebook.com/GovernorMikePence

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:00am
  36. civility and respect on a debate to ban the right of EQUAL oppurtunity and further oppressing individuals of society.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:13am
  37. It has been Gov! We will get married to whom we chose!!! Get used to it!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:19am
  38. who is he? never heard of him

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:55am
  39. If this passes, will everyone villify Indiana like they did North Carolina?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:01am
  40. I lived in Indiana for four of the longest years of my life.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:17am
  41. you push your hand and you know what youre gonna get…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7:48am
  42. WISCONSIN. It’s time to remove the constitutional ban in our state. In Wisconsin your among friends!! Prove it ! Overcome the strangle hold Walker and his cronies are tightening on our state. Do the right thing!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:28am
  43. Equality is guarunteed in the constitution for everyone! Bout time everyone realizes this and moves on to more important things.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:06am
  44. Eat shit Mike Pence.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:46am
  45. usc 14th amendment strict scrutiny

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:11pm
  46. God bless this man!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 1:29pm
  47. EQUALITY for ALL ! LOVE is LOVE…recognize it !

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 1:49pm
  48. just say NO to the ban :-D

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:51pm
  49. One of the many reasons to vote straight line Democrat, and make sure your vote is counted.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:06pm
  50. Naw govner, ya’ll understand you are pushin’ this so fast. What you ‘fraid of boi? See, govner, the SCOTUS gonna wipe their ass with you little amendment and tell you how it is going to be.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:26pm
  51. No such thing as for once and for all in politics.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:51pm
  52. I’m coming home and proposing that a “popular” vote on the rights of African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, people with disabilities or from foreign countries, women or people over 40 to marry be put on the ballot.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:14pm
  53. Equality is much better than prejudice.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:20pm