Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Ind. Law - Upcoming battle over marriage equality in Indiana creates odd political pairings, and confusion
Tom LoBianco of the AP has a long story today (apparently much shortened by some local outlets) on "battle over amending the Indiana Constitution to ban gay marriage." Here is a section of the story that caught my eye:
When opponents of the amendment launched their campaign last month, they tapped a veteran Republican operative, Megan Robertson, to lead the charge. They then announced this week they had hired the director of the Democratic Party's field operations, Peter Hanscom.ILB: But having a ban in the Indiana Constitution rather than just in statute would make no difference in such a case. If Indiana's restricting marriage between same-sex couples were found to violate the U.S. Constitution, it wouldn't matter what the Indiana Constitution said on the issue.
Supporters, meanwhile, are counting on a base of conservative and rural Democrats to bolster their already strong position among legislative Republicans.
"This isn't an issue that's divided on party lines so much," said Robertson, campaign manager of Freedom Indiana, the group leading the fight against the amendment.
"It's a different kind of issue than what you see typically being discussed at the Statehouse. It's something where people can really come together regardless of what party they're from," she said.
Indiana already limits marriage to being between one man and one woman. But supporters are fearful a judge could overturn the state law, in part relying on this past summer's U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 18, 2013 09:40 AM
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