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December 20, 2013

BRIAN HOWEY: If you believe in marriage amendment, then own it

When voters decide, they often get it wrong.

(Continued)

Dunn observes the Republican Party brought us emancipation and was the first to support women’s suffrage. “Republican leaders in Congress led the intense fight to pass the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution which outlawed slavery, guaranteed equal protection under laws and secured voting rights for African-Americans respectively,” Dunn observed. “Now that is the right side of history.”

Times change. Morals and ethics evolve. Intolerance gives way to tolerance.

So in the first months of 2014, as Gov. Pence watches passively, the General Assembly will decide whether to amend our constitution on marriage. Long and Bosma tell us HJR-6 isn’t even the most important issue facing our state, with a persistent high jobless rate, over-populated jails and prisons, potentially 2,000 meth lab busts this year, where 40 percent of our high school graduates need to take college remediation courses, and our overall health rates as one of the worst in the 50 states.

Yet they appear willing to let a third-rate issue be amended to our constitution.

If Gov. Pence and legislative Republicans really think HJR-6 is worth the division, the outside money and a national audience, they ought to call for the elimination of that second sentence in the resolution that lawyer Bosma has flagged as a problem and would advocate its removal, pass it this year and next, and then run with the referendum on the 2016 ballot.

If you believe it, defend it. Advocate for it.

Own it.

Brian Howey publishes at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Twitter at twitter.com/@hwypol.

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