Indiana’s anti-gay marriage ban delayed two years

Timothy Kincaid

February 13th, 2014

The Indiana Senate has passed the House version of a bill to amend the state constitution to define marriage as one man and one woman.

This is actually good news.

In order to amend the constitution, the bill must pass two separately elected legislatures with identical language and then be ratified by a vote of the electorate. In 2011 the legislature passed a bill that would ban same-sex marriage and also civil unions. Had it passed again, it would have gone to the voters this fall.

But this year the Indiana House of Representatives revised that bill to remove the civil unions restrictions.

There was some concern that the Senate might put the original language back into the bill. But now that the Senate has opted to accept the House’s version, it resets the clock and the earliest that the bill can be on the ballot is 2016.

And by then, political will may bring the death of the bill entirely. Or, perhaps, the conservatives may decide that they really really do want to put the civil unions ban back in and push it even further down the road.

Stefan

February 13th, 2014

Actually it has not been voted on yet. The opportunity for amendments was put forth today and none were offered. Final vote is scheduled for Monday.

Matt

February 13th, 2014

Gotta feel sorry (well, not really) for the anti-gay bigots who have been trying to ramrod this through for at least 15 years. Even when they win, they still lose!

I think I can hear Pence and Bosma screaming all the way from Chicago :P

jerry

February 14th, 2014

I don’t know if there has been any polling of the public in Indiana, but changing the text that will cause the delay indicates there might be so doubt that the extreme bill couldn’t muster enough votes on the ballot.

jerry

February 14th, 2014

That should have read, “might be some doubt”

markanthony

February 15th, 2014

@Jerry

The polling I read certain put the amendments passage in doubt. I believe there is a real fear on the anti-gay marriage side that the polls will slip even further in two more years. Given how conservative Indiana is, that is saying something.

markanthony

February 15th, 2014

All in all, this is shaping up to be a terrible year for NOM. How the hell do they justify themselves to their board of directors when you can’t get a bill out of Indiana. Brown will have to spend more time going to Russia I suppose.

I am excited for this March of Washington they plan on holding, although I doubt it will actually happen.

Mark F.

February 15th, 2014

Marriage equality is gaining everywhere, even in more conservative states. Fact.

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