But she predicted the same-sex marriage ban will wind up on the ballot in November 2014. Those 70-26 and 40-10 margins are just too wide.
“I think probably many of the folks who maybe don’t want to vote on it are going to use the reasoning — I won’t say the excuse, but the reasoning — that [let’s] let the people vote on it,” Klinker said. “And then, see, they don’t have to say one way or the other. ... It’s very convenient.”
Hershman said he’s watched how public sentiment has changed in polling since 2011.
“I don’t think it’s any foregone conclusion, whatsoever, that the measure will prevail on the general ballot,” Hershman said. “Frankly, I don’t know how I would vote [on the referendum itself] at this point. I’ve tried to separate the issue into whether it should be on the ballot versus views on the issue itself. It’s a fair question. I just don’t know.”
What Freedom Indiana has been saying, and rightfully so, is that by putting HJR-6 on the ballot, the Legislature is making a decision. As much as legislators say they aren’t playing their personal hands, they are gambling by sitting at the table, anteing up and calling for the deal.
Sounds as if legislators who started this in 2011 aren’t ready to fold quite yet.
So the coming out party of city councils and universities and businesses aimed at stopping the legislation likely is just the start of a yearlong campaign that is sure to be brutal to the state’s reputation and draining on voters.
Look for more to jump on board — maybe even Purdue — to ask: Why are we setting ourselves up for a fight Indiana doesn’t need on a measure that isn’t a foregone conclusion?
Dave Bangert is a columnist for the Journal & Courier, Lafayette. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.