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Ind. speaker pushes gay marriage ban by moving bill to ‘friendlier’ committee

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma on Tuesday sent a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage to a new committee amid concerns that it lacked support on another panel.

Brian Bosma

Brian Bosma

Bosma announced that the proposed ban and a companion bill will be considered by the House Elections and Apportionment Committee. The move came after the measure stalled in the House Judiciary Committee and Bosma threatened to substitute members of that panel to advance the measure.

“It was made at the request of the overwhelming majority of the House Republican Caucus and the request of the committee chairman in judiciary. He didn’t feel the bill would come to the floor, he knew that was the goal of an overwhelming number of the House members and thought it was best if it went to elections,” Bosma said.

He added that it’s “common procedure” to move bills between committees.

The House elections committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the proposed b an and companion measure Wednesday afternoon and then vote.

Bosma had promised publicly to let the ban run a normal course in the Legislature but has recently taken a more forceful role in advancing it amid concerns it would die in committee.

The House elections panel includes more conservative lawmakers than the judiciary panel, including at least one Democrat who has said he would support a ban.

The Judiciary Committee held an hours-long hearing on the measure last week but delayed a vote. It had been expected to vote on the measure this week, but Bosma conceded last week that any decision to advance the proposed ban to the full House would be a narrow one.

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The delayed vote is another indicator of how much the ground has shifted on the issue since 2011, when the amendment passed the Legislature with strong bipartisan support. The measure must pass the Legislature again this year in order to appear on the November ballot.

Opponents of the measure, including top businesses and universities, have said it’s unnecessary because state law already bans same-sex marriage. They contend amending that ban into the constitution would paint Indiana as an unfriendly place and deter businesses and top workers from locating in the state.

The high-profile battle has caused some lawmakers to say they will change their votes and oppose the ban.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence asked lawmakers to vote on the issue this year during his State of the State address last week.

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  1. Imagine that… a sneaky end-run around some level heads in the legislature. Someone remove this tool from office, please!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:35pm
  2. Friendlier? Or more prejudiced? My goodness they’ll stop at nothing

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:36pm
  3. Don’t sound very friendly when they’re trying to ruin the lives of people who have done no wrong to them!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:37pm
  4. he must be running for president

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:37pm
  5. The original – and appropriate – committee was unlikely to have passed the bill. The new committee contains a solid bloc of conservatives and at least one Democrat who have voiced support for the bill.

    This, despite Bosma’s earlier assurances that he’d allow the bill to naturally run its course in the legislature.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:41pm
  6. When you control the committee members….you control everything. If you don’t like the rules, they you change them. Exactly the sort of person we need running our states. Ridiculous!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:41pm
  7. Shame on him!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:42pm
  8. How is this even legal we are talking right now we know it is wrong and should be stopped and then changed so idiots can not do this.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:43pm
  9. Doesn’t matter… it’ll just get overturned by the Supreme Court for being unconstitutional!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:45pm
  10. rep.s gotta go

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:49pm
  11. SHAME!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:50pm
  12. I swear. It never ends. Always some idiot trying to rule over peoples’ morality, bedrooms and reproductive rights. Idiots. All of them. he needs to be fired.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:50pm
  13. I am so disappointed in Bosma. He is going to manipulate this until he gets the results he wants, not what is best for the state

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8:00pm
  14. IF you cannot get what you want with the committee you set up to do the job just change the committee. That is truly the American hatred!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8:12pm
  15. Oh so he’s letting his Homophobe Flag fly….

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8:18pm
  16. Jobs. Where are the jobs?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8:34pm
  17. Cheating, conniving disgraceful, evil people! They will waist their time and in the end it will come back to bite them in the ass! They are the reason the republican party is dieing!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8:45pm
  18. ….he looks like a pig fucker….

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8:52pm
  19. Me thinks the lady doeth protest too much!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 9:08pm
  20. I hope the tax payers are paying attention to the money being wasted on something that will be ruled unconstitutional

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 9:24pm
  21. Fuck this stupid state! Why do we continue to elect asshole bigots into seats of power?!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 9:41pm
  22. Why the fuck is your Republican party saying on the one hand that they’re trying to reach out to minorities and then on the other hand pulling shit like this? Bunch of priviledged cunts

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 9:59pm
  23. If all else fails, cheat !

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:21pm
  24. Glad not all panels are friendly. Glad not all are willing to let him try to push everyone into his little “box.”

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:29pm
  25. Need a dislike button

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 11:13pm
  26. Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 11:27pm
  27. it is unconstitutional by the US Constitution which trumps state constitutions…..Bosma is a human turd.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 11:43pm
  28. Typical GOP move, if it doesn’t work, change the rules until it does……

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 11:54pm
  29. Asshole

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:52am
  30. What an idiot.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:37am
  31. Indiana gays and lesbians, get married in another state and once home, sue to have your marriage recognized. The Justice Dept is recognizing Utah couples as legally-wed in the eyes of the federal gov’t. Sue your state(s) to do so as well. Good luck!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:57am
  32. Coward

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9:57am
  33. GOP. The party of old white men who are rich enough to buy their politicians. LGBT, minorities, non-whites, and women need not apply. Non-whites and women can be used as tokens, but must say what their white masters want them to.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:13pm
  34. What is this man thinking? Probably very little that doesn’t totally agree with what he thinks himself.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:41pm
  35. Why put a ban on gay marriage? Nothing ever gets right between one man and one woman.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:07pm