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Ind. Senate leader places gay marriage amendment in committee he chairs

Thursday, January 30, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage will take a slightly different course through the Indiana Senate than expected: Senate President Pro Tem David Long says it will be vetted by the committee that includes the chamber’s top Republicans and Democrats.

David Long

David Long

Long said last week that the Senate Judiciary Committee would evaluate the measure, but then announced on Thursday that it will be vetted by the Senate Rules Committee instead. Any effort to alter the proposed ban, though, would have to play out before the full Senate, he said.

“I’d like to see a clean bill come to the floor of the Senate,” said Long, who chairs the Senate Rules Committee. “I will say that once it comes to the floor, any and all amendments are going to be considered and available. There will be no attempt to block anything. There will be a full and robust discussion.”

Long hinted at some apprehension with the so-called “second sentence” in the proposed amendment that would have prevented any future approval of civil unions. House lawmakers removed that from the proposal earlier this week.

The second part of the measure has quickly become a sticking point for many lawmakers who otherwise support placing the state’s existing gay marriage ban in the state constitution. But simply stripping that section from the ban would effectively restart the clock on the state’s lengthy constitutional amendment process, pushing a public referendum on the issue back to at least 2016.

Supporters of the proposed ban – House Joint Resolution 3 – cried foul this week when close to two dozen Republicans joined with 29 House Democrats to strip the civil union ban.

One of the potentially strongest voices in the debate, Republican Gov. Mike Pence, has been indecisive.

During his State of the State address earlier this month, Pence called for lawmakers to settle the marriage debate in 2014. And last week, he rallied sup porters of the proposed ban at an Indianapolis hotel.

However, he has been quiet regarding the prospect of the marriage debate stretching out until 2016 because of the change approved by House lawmakers.

Long, who meets routinely with the governor and House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, throughout the legislative session, said Pence has taken a hands-off approach with lawmakers in the debate. He noted that the governor does not have a formal say in the constitutional amendment process.

“He is stepping back and respecting the process,” Long said. “He’s got other fish to fry, too – as we all do – and I think he’s focusing on that right now.”

Freedom Indiana, the umbrella group opposing the proposed ban, blasted Bosma for moving the measure to a more conservative committee after it ran into trouble earlier in the session. But the group withheld judgment Thursday on Long’s announcement of a pre-emptive committee swap.

“It’s good this happened before we went through four hours of testimony and didn’t have to have a committee switch at that point,” said Megan Robertson, campaign manager for Freedom Indiana. “Hopefully we don’t have a committee switch at any point.”

The Senate Rules Committee is expected to have a hearing on the measure the week of Feb. 10.

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  1. out of the millions of seeds…that is the one that develops.. wow what a loser.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 1:20am
  2. …..hmm wonder how this is gonna turn out.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 1:22am
  3. Boo hissss he is an idiot

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 1:22am
  4. Is he the prime ass’es anatomy in Indiana?

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 1:24am
  5. Im disappointed and embarressed to be a Hoosier right now.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 1:45am
  6. This is how it rolls in IN the good ole boy mafia backed by their extremist faith run this state. Hopefully the Feds will come to their senses and over rule these hate filled idiots. The only way marriage equality would work here is if they could capitalize, profit and steal.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 2:06am
  7. NAZI homophobic bigot monster we should do what the people of the Ukraine are doing set fires and occupy his government building with large protest this evil!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 2:17am
  8. another idoit they will lose the battle again oince go to supreme court again agaagin again again

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 2:54am
  9. it a wasted of time

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 2:54am
  10. Asshole. It is already unconstitutional….why do this? Indiana is a disgrace to the nation with the GOP in control and has been since Daniels got in. Pence is a Daniels Clone and is denying 200K Hoosiers healthcare insurance by not expanding Medicaid. Bastards all of them.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 3:37am
  11. I disagree. Pence is far worse than Daniels, Daniels is a lying snake, Pence is nothing but a figurehead searching for photo opportunities and is using Indiana to support his Run for the White House in the next election. Long is a Homophobe and does not represent anyone in Indiana other than his buddies.

    Replied on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 12:44pm
  12. He is walking proof the abortion should be legal.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 3:37am
  13. Karma.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 3:52am
  14. crooks ways will lose in the end..

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 4:09am
  15. The Christian Right have never ever been fair!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 4:45am
  16. Waste money on an ammendment that will never accomplish its goal.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 5:11am
  17. Why am I not surprised that I could describe this guy without ever seeing him? Old, balding, fat, white, religious racist bigot!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 5:13am
  18. David. Pence is worse than Daniels. He is more a teabagger and religious zealot than Daniels.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 5:31am
  19. Kill the Bill! !!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 5:45am
  20. It’s gonna bite him in the ass!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 5:59am
  21. IS THEIS SOME KIND OF JOKE

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 6:31am
  22. They shouldn’t be allowed to do that!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:13am
  23. “Hallelujah, the Mormon Prophet Acknowledges the Father of Jesus 2.0 as a Homosexual!!” – http://buddhalightbringer.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/hallelujah-jesus-father-was-a-homosexual

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 12:29pm
  24. It will either get pushed back or pass and have to go all the way to SCOTUS to Overturn it. Indiana will have to be dragged kicking and screaming out of their imaginary 1950 mentality into the next century.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 12:47pm
  25. Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 1:35pm
  26. Gotta avoid letting the matter get to popular vote.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:24pm
  27. He is a fat disgusting pig! Why don’t we start putting on these ballots issues that would restrict heterohomophobes rights!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:53pm
  28. Assholes don’t give up do they?

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:40pm
  29. I’m sorry Indiana……

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:42pm
  30. And in spite of his “cheating” it will still be overturned. It’s just a matter of time.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:49am