Vote delayed on marriage amendment

January 13th, 2014 at 4:05 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

The gay marriage debate began at the Statehouse Monday with a marathon committee meeting in the Indiana House of Representatives.

There was an overflow crowd for the hearing.  Even the hallway was filled, mostly with gay marriage supporters.
Some of them wore red.  They call it the color of love.

After close to 4 hours of testimony there was this announcement.  “We will not be taking a vote today,” said committee chairman Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Danville.)

That wasn’t the plan going in.

Organizers on both sides of the debate stuck to their plans, however.  Opponents of the marriage amendment included representatives of corporate giants who avoided emotional arguments.

“We feel that it is an imperative,” said Marya Rose of Cummins, Inc., “that we speak out publicly against this constitutional amendment intended to discriminate against one group of citizens based on their marital status.”

Supporters also avoided the heated rhetoric of hearings past.  They focused on the possiblity of a referendum.

“I would urge you to vote for House Joint Resolution 3,” said Eric Miller of Advance America, “so Hoosiers can vote on November 4th to protect marriage between one man and one woman.”

Why no vote today?  “Well, we ran out of time,” said Rep. Steuerwald.  “Plus I’d heard from a number of committee members.  They wanted to reflect on the testimony.”

The vote is anticipated yet this week and a close vote is expected.
But if the marriage amendment is killed in the first vote, that will be a surprise, too.

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