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June 30, 2013

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Back to China

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight welcomed a delegation from Kokomo’s sister city, Dongyang, China, Wednesday, marking the second time in recent months a Dongyang delegation has been to Kokomo.

We asked Goodnight if this meant he’ll be visiting Dongyang soon.

“Obviously, we owe them a visit,” Goodnight said, adding no date has been set for the trip. It will be Goodnight’s second trip to China, following a 2010 trip with then-Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

“This is a real sister city relationship,” Goodnight said Wednesday. “It’s more substantial than ceremonial.”

Goodnight said he wanted the return trip to include an educational component, and that possibly a representative from the local educational community would be asked along. This week, the Dongyang delegation was planning to visit schools to learn more about our education system. Wednesday, the delegation enjoyed barbecue at Central Middle School.

Waiting for Pence to speak

In January, Gov. Mike Pence visited Kokomo and was asked whether he’d address the state constitution to ban same sex marriage during his 2013 State of the State address. At the time, the Legislature’s conservatives were split as to whether they’d try to pass the amendment during the 2013 session, and ultimately House Speaker Brian Bosma indicated he’d wait to address the issue after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled.

At the time, Pence said he planned to “take issues one at a time, as the Legislature sends them to me.”

“Where it’s appropriate, we’ll express ourselves,” he added, using the royal “we,” as is his style.

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act violated same-sex couples’ Fifth Amendment right to equal protection under the law, we will be curious to see how Pence expresses himself on the issue.

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