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Vote could come next week on Ind. constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says lawmakers are taking their time deciding how they’ll vote on a proposed amendment that would ban gay marriage.

Brian Bosma

Brian Bosma

The Indianapolis Republican said Wednesday that a vote by the House Judiciary Committee could happen next week. Members of that panel had planned a vote Monday, but delayed it following hours of emotional testimony.

Bosma said he has not counted the votes on the committee, but believes any decision would be a narrow one.

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.

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

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  1. And Indiana is a mid western state.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:16pm
  2. THE HATE OF Indianapolis, Indiana

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:16pm
  3. It’ll be tough since we’re a pretty conservative state, but I’m hoping for the best.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:17pm
  4. I agree! Hope is all we have.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:31pm
  5. Please don’t lump all Midwestern states together. Iowa has been a proponent of marriage equality for some time, now.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:18pm
  6. Have they not been paying attention to the legal battles happening in other states? The same thing will just happen there. Its not an ‘it might happen’, its an absolutely WILL happen!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:18pm
  7. Why waste the money? Are you serious? You will be the next to fall.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:22pm
  8. No matter if they vote for this, eventually they will lose. Better to back away from it now and spend their time and money on issues that really affect the citizens. Gay marriage will be the legal across the US very soon. Get used to it.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:23pm
  9. the us supreme court has to jump in here and stop letting states treat gays like children who need permission to get married

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:25pm
  10. How can you Constitutionally ban something that is against a persons Constitutional rights

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:27pm
  11. yeah good luck with that….please

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:29pm
  12. Looks like they have the votes.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:30pm
  13. they are running scared due to the rampant opposition to this hateful resolution! Do we want to be known as the “hate state” because we will be if this passes!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:43pm
  14. Let me get this straight……he wants to enshrine discrimination & inequality into the constitution?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:51pm
  15. conservative, another word for closed minded.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:51pm
  16. Wasting tax payers money, once again. We should push for heterosexual marriage divorce ban. Hey, it’s in the bible! You can’t divorce! So, let’s make them enforce it!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:53pm
  17. Indiana, except for the major highways, doesn’t even have black top on it’s roads, they’re gravel. Do we really want to live there?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:22am
  18. The fact that they think voting on someone’s rights is legal cracks me up, why are straight people are so freaked out by us getting married its not like we want to marry them lol

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:03am
  19. They are go back to the third world society

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:37am
  20. NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:48am
  21. Boycott the state financially and label it a hate state!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:30am
  22. Jim the same could be said of parts of Ohio. Proud to be a gay Hoosier. Disgusted that our state government has been taken over by ultra-conservative evangelical tea baggers.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:50am
  23. just hoping for the best…marriage equality for all :)

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:34am
  24. It seems to be unconstitutional in every other state that has over turned a ban…. or can the lawmakers there not read?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:03am
  25. Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:54pm
  26. It wont pass! Down the road it would destroy to many politicians futures!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:24pm
  27. Equality for all citizens of this country is the answer. I have been reading more history of just how the so called white man got this land in the first place & continue to attempt to instruct others as to the way they must live & think. America – land of the free.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:58pm
  28. What a waste of time. A constitutional amendment to a State constitution can’t supercede the US Consitution and the Supreme Court has already spoken on this matter… Waste of tax dollars if you ask me. Just a reminder… 7.5% of Indianans are unemployed. Fix something that ACTUALLY impacts peoples lives.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:00pm