Gay marriage may dominate 2014 General Assembly

January 7th, 2014 at 4:37 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

State lawmakers kicked off the 2014 General Assembly late Tuesday afternoon, one day later than planned and supporters of gay marriage were there to greet them.

There will be a lot of issues considered this year including the governor’s call for elimination of the personal property tax but, as the session begins, the gay marriage issue that threatens to dominate.

The proposed constitutional amendment to create a permanent ban on gay marriage will be considered first in the Indiana House.

Opponents of the measure delivered 6,000 letters to lawmakers in boxes that were dropped off at the House and Senate post office.  They are from people around the state who believe that the measure that is know here as House Joint Resolution 6, or HJR 6, is discriminatory.

“Until HJR 6 is gone we’re not gonna stop so, expect to see us at the Statehouse,” said Megan Robertson of Freedom Indiana, “expect to see us have people coming to meet with legislators and we’re gonna keep the pressure on.”

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) declined to discuss the issue.  “I’m going to talk about the agenda until tomorrow,” he said in reference to GOP priorities, “and then on Thursday I’m going to have a general availability and we talk about any other issues you’d like to talk about.”

HJR 6 has not been filed yet and no hearings are scheduled.
Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) also declined to talk about it Tuesday.

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