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November 18, 2013

BRIAN HOWEY: Marriage amendment roils Indiana GOP

Sources: GOP Central Committee opposes measure.

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The Ball State/WISH-TV Poll conducted by Princeton Research showed opposition to the amendment increased from 54 percent in 2012 to 58 percent this past month, while support held steady at 38 percent. Opposition was at 77 percent among Democrats and 40 percent among Republicans.

In the April 23 Howey Politics Poll, 50 percent favored the amendment and 46 percent opposed. This compared to an October 2012 Howey/DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll that showed 48 percent favored the amendment and 45 percent opposed.

Last June, Bosma told me, “It will take 95 percent of the energy and 50 percent of the coverage,” adding, “If I had my druthers, Part B would not be there. I think the first part is very clear. Part B raises a question.”

Sources say Bosma is under intense pressure from referendum advocates such as Curt Smith, Micah Clark and Eric Miller from the family advocacy groups to pursue the final placement on the ballot.

But Republican Sens. Luke Kenley and Pete Miller, along with Reps. Ed Clere, Jud McMillin, Sean Eberhart and Ron Bacon have made public statements indicating they will not vote for HJR-6. There are at least a dozen other House Republicans, sources say, who are debating whether to support the measure again. Others are concerned about switching from a yea to no vote. The default position will likely be the “let the people decide” option.

Last week, Eberhart told The Shelbyville News the second sentence in HJR-6 is essentially “bigotry.”

Rep. Bacon, R-Boonville, called the second sentence “a step too far.” Rep. McMillin said it would be irresponsible to install an amendment to the Indiana Constitution when the U.S. Supreme Court could “rule on something that may alter our ability to do that.”

Sen. Miller, R-Avon, added, “It’s already illegal. What’s to be gained other than ostracizing a whole section of the population? If we’re trying to attract the best and brightest people to work in Indiana, this doesn’t help.”

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