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Indiana marriage ban moved to another committee

Timothy Kincaid

January 21st, 2014

You may recall that last week the Indiana Judiciary Committee heard testimony on a bill to place a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality on the ballot this fall.

At the time, I said that if Republican Party leadership was smart, they would kill the bill in committee. Not only will it hurt the future of the party in the state, it may go down to embarrassing defeat in November and drag Republican candidates down with it.

And, for a moment, it appeared as though that might have happened. No vote was called on the bill.

But, as it turns out, the party leadership is astonishingly stupid. Stunningly so. (IndyStar)

In a highly unusual move, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma today moved the controversial same-sex marriage ban to a new committee — where it stands a better chance of passing — after the measure stalled in another committee.

The measure had a hearing last week in the Judiciary Committee, but House Republican leaders decided against bringing it to a vote amid concerns that three GOP lawmakers might vote against it and kill the amendment.

Bosma said Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, Elections Committee chairman, told him he was not confident the amendment was going to come to the floor. Bosma said he didn’t talk to the members, but let Steuerwald do that.

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occono
January 21st, 2014 | LINK

Colour me shocked they they would be stupid.

MattNYC
January 21st, 2014 | LINK

Stupid will out.

MattNYC
January 21st, 2014 | LINK

We just watched “Bridegroom” on Netflix. It’s quite self-indulgent but still touching. The one big take-away is that Indiana has a great number of hateful, stupid, petty people who all seem to vote.

No offense to those trying to survive there, but it’s definitely one of those states where those who can get the hell out.

My (ND Alum) partner’s former brother-in-law was from IN and if we were driving cross-country on I-70, he’d insist we drive around the state.

Hunter
January 22nd, 2014 | LINK

I don’t know if it’s stupidity per se, but obsession causes people to do stupid things.

Markanthony
January 22nd, 2014 | LINK

Indiana, particularly the southern half, is pretty conservative. The national organizations need a win and IN is the best place to grab one (and honestly if they can’t win there they should just pack it up). I’m sure they are putting huge pressure on the State leadership to put this one the ballot.

Sir Andrew
January 22nd, 2014 | LINK

No one has ever gone broke underestimating the stupidity of the GOP. But this is fine. Let them continue to shoot themselves in the foot (or is that ‘feet’?).

Nathaniel
January 22nd, 2014 | LINK

What was the point of waiting for the DOMA vote if they were going to move forward with this shite anyway?

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