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Conservatives angry at Ind. GOP leadership over fall of gay marriage ban

Supporters of the ban found themselves being largely outgunned this year, by a highly-organized and well-funded group of opponents
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Religious conservatives who lost a surprising battle over same-sex marriage in Indiana this year are placing some of the blame with the state’s Republican legislative leaders.

Opponents of amending the Indiana Constitution to add the state’s current gay marriage ban won a surprising victory when lawmakers delayed a public vote on the measure until at least 2016.

Opponents of Indiana's proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage rally at the state capitol.

Opponents of Indiana’s proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage rally at the state capitol.

Supporters of the ban struggled to regain their footing this session after a bipartisan group of House members stripped a civil unions ban from the measure, in a move that pushed back the soonest a public vote could happen.

Micah Clark, executive director of the American Family Association of Indiana and one of the lead supporters of the gay marriage ban, said supporters were told by Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma they were on solid footing just two days before the measure was knocked off track in the House.

“We were told right up until two days before that (House) amendment vote that everything was fine, it was going to fly out of the House,” Clark said.

Bosma said he never promised the ban would pass through his chamber unaltered or make it to the ballot this November.

“The only assurance I gave anyone this year was that the whole House would deal with the issue, and every member would have the opportunity to vote their conscience. And that is exactly what happened,” he said.

The ban’s failure to make it to the 2014 ballot was a surprising turn of events in Indiana, just three years after bipartisan majorities approved the measure with the civil unions ban. Indiana had become a national battleground for the issue in 2014, after most other states had approved their own constitutional bans or legalized gay marriage in some form.

Supporters of the ban found themselves being largely outgunned this year, by a highly-organized and well-funded group of opponents. Members of the opposition group Freedom Indiana packed the Statehouse routinely, wearing red to signify their opposition.

It was not until the measure was taken up in the Senate this month that supporters of the ban began arriving en masse to the Statehouse. But efforts to restore the civil unions ban and place the measure back on track for a November public vote stalled in private meetings of the Senate Republican Caucus.

Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, blamed Senate leadership for keeping the issue from the ballot. Senate President Pro Tem David Long has said he did not try to influence anyone’s vote and only wanted the ban to be considered by the full Senate.

Republicans by their leaders within the Indiana General Assembly were told that the Marriage Amendment would move quickly and that the voters would get a chance to vote in 2014 and the issue would be resolved once and for all whichever way the public ultimately voted,” Delph said in a Statehouse news conference.

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46 more reader comments:

  1. take that, conservatives!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:16am
  2. lmc if you want gay marriage legalized in all 50 states

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:17am
  3. It makes me proud to see people from my generation activate for equal rights.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:17am
  4. Corey never forget, it's about all of us always! :-) Not any one age group, after all it's about HUMAN RIGHTS!!!

    Replied on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:31am
  5. and some of us older folks are quite proud of you as well! Thank you for your hard work

    Replied on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 1:56pm
  6. Either you move on with us to the future or you get left behind in the past

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:19am
  7. Some guys Marry guys, get the fuck over it!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:19am
  8. AMEN!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:20am
  9. HA!! We don’t stop you from being an Ass Whole so just get over us Being Gay!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:21am
  10. The last time I checked you did not have to be religious in order to get married.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:21am
  11. “Liberty”, “freedom”, they do know that that’s all LGBT want, right?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:24am
  12. Deal with it GOP putas your time is slowly coming to an end.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:26am
  13. Congrats IN! Marriage equality in a couple of years!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:28am
  14. Get over it!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:32am
  15. It’s ABOUT the PROGRESS of
    MAN-KIND!!!
    PEACE EVERYONE!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:33am
  16. gay

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:34am
  17. Human rights, not gay rights, not straight rights….Human rights…and we still need to do more!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:35am
  18. Fuck the GOP

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:37am
  19. Down with the GOP. Vote the fuckers out

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:38am
  20. OH FUCK THEM!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:40am
  21. I’m crying my eyes out for them.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:44am
  22. The GOP is self destructing

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:45am
  23. Equality will prevail.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:49am
  24. They’ll live, I guarantee it!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:50am
  25. …poor little bigots…my heart breaks for them…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:51am
  26. …poor little bigots…my heart breaks for them…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:51am
  27. Good job guys, I think we can thank smart people and social media!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 3:00am
  28. Yet the Republican controlled Senate in IN passed the ban. People of IN, vote Democrat in November and send them all packing.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 3:05am
  29. To quote the great Bette Davis…Piiiiiity! LOL

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 3:11am
  30. Yay for Freedom Indiana!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 3:18am
  31. LGBTQI Americans and their allies have got to get off their asses and get to the polling stations for the next presidential election.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 3:23am
  32. “Conservatives angry”, and nothing of value was lost.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 3:34am
  33. salute you all for struggling

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 3:43am
  34. it’s not Indiana GOP leadership’s fault that Indiana is following the rest of America in saying that gays have the right to marry, they’re just following the rest of the country

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 3:52am
  35. all these people get all bent out of shape bout other people’s business stay the fuck out of it if u isn’t in their bedroom what does it matter, jeez and its all in the name of religion these ignorant assholes want to push their views on everyone if let people do what they want to b happy

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 6:07am
  36. Walking dead! Gay marriage is coming to your state!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 7:22am
  37. HOW’S IT FEEL, BIGOTS!?! HahahahHa

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 7:56am
  38. They conservatives need to realize that the gay marriage fight is slowly falling apart. They need to accept that gay marriage has no negative affect on their lives and should just move on.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:43am
  39. hopefully in 2016, people are going to wonder why the hell this was ever on the ballot. Really, did you waste so much time and our money paying you to do this on vintage ideas of the past?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:30am
  40. Hear hear!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 12:12pm
  41. Evidently they are not real christians because they don’t believe in love thy neighbor as thy self. No one should judge another, lest yea be judged likewise.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 12:24pm
  42. They’re NOT “conservatives” they’re BIGOTS, it’s that simple. Don’t try to make them sound nice by calling them conservatives. They’re hateful and hiding behind many screens from political reason to hiding behind religion god the bible and Jesus.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 12:49pm
  43. Get out of people’s lives let them marry who they love

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 1:46pm
  44. I don’t understand why they’re upset. Clearly they have tabled this until the next presidential election year in order to make sure it flies in the event a new republican president is elected. unfortunately, if that happens we will be plunged into an all out class war betwixt the wealthy and poor. let us see if YOU without millions are stupid enough to believe republican lies in 2016.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 3:13pm
  45. Outgunned. See. That’s why we all need guns. Support the 2nd amendment.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 4:42pm
  46. It’s always Republicans wanting discrimination.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 5:17pm