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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "GOP leaders quieter, but still for marriage amendment"

That is the heading of Dan Carden's story today in the NWI Times - it begins:

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican legislative leaders that used to proudly endorse the pending Indiana marriage amendment are now working hard to minimize it compared to other topics the General Assembly likely will tackle next year.

Speaking Monday at an Indiana Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Senate President David Long, R-Fort Wayne, and House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, visibly cringed and were reluctant to answer when asked during an open question period if the amendment will be voted on by lawmakers.

"This is not the most important issue facing Indiana, OK? It is not. This is a difficult moment we have to get through and deal with," Long said. "But the most important issues are jobs and the economy and the education of our kids."

Bosma, who who led a 2004 Republican walkout fighting for the amendment against a then-Democratic House majority, said he has no plans to "fast track" the proposal now that he's in charge.

"I don't even know if it's going to be introduced. I presume it is ... it's not a priority," Bosma said. "It will go through the same process as every other bill or resolution: if it's introduced it'll be assigned to a committee, the chairman will make a decision on a committee hearing, if it comes out it will get voted on the floor."

Niki Kelly's story today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette is headed "Gay unions ban handed to caucuses
Legislative leaders will not dictate amendment’s future."

Here is the IndyStar story by Barb Berggoetz and Jon Murray, headed "Leaders end silence on same-sex marriage ban ." BTW, I find the "new, improved" IndyStar site incredibly frustrating.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 19, 2013 09:16 AM
Posted to Indiana Government