Dirty Tricks in Indiana

January 23, 2014

HJR-3 passed out of the Indiana House Election and Apportionment committee last night by a vote of 9-3.  HJR 3 states:

Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized. 

Freedom Indiana, a coalition of major businesses, organizations, and universities, is making a tremendous effort to defeat this discriminatory and divisive legislation.  There have been huge rallies and thousands of emails, phone calls, and letters to legislators in opposition to this proposed constitutional amendment which would write discrimination into the Indiana constitution. 

This effort was so successful that after the House Judiciary committee had heard three hours of testimony and spent a week deliberating it without taking a vote, Speaker of the House Brian Bosma (The same Brian Bosma who was the defendant in the legislative prayer case a few years ago.) reassigned the amendment to the Elections and Apportionment committee.  

With only a 24 hour notice, this committee heard testimony and voted last night to send it on to the full House.  If it passes the House, it goes to the Senate and if it passes there, it will be on the ballot in November for the voters of Indiana to decide whether or not to discriminate against a class of Indiana citizens.

The dirty tricks that Bosma and his supporters will use are very disturbing.  First, at the beginning of the session they sought to confuse the issue by renaming the amendment from HJR-6 to HJR-3.  Then, realizing that the opposition testimony and efforts had swayed enough of the Judiciary committee to oppose it, he made a switch to a committee where he was sure to have to support for its passage. 

The fight for the rights of the LGBT community in Indiana goes on.  Thanks to Representatives Kreg Battles, John Bartlett, and Philip GiaQuinta for their outspoken opposition during the testimony last evening.