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December 3, 2013

HAYDEN: Indiana GOP's feud about to go national

Cheney visit will put spotlight on HJR-6

Oh, it’s on.

If there was any doubt the coming fight over the same-sex marriage ban amendment in Indiana was going to be elevated to the national level, it’s gone.

Last week, Mary Cheney, the gay daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced her opposition to the proposed amendment, House Joint Resolution 6, along with her plans to come to Indiana to raise money for HJR-6 opponent, Freedom Indiana.

It immediately caught the attention of the national media, who’ve been reporting on the very public split between Mary Cheney and her U.S. Senate candidate sister, Liz.

“Freedom means freedom for everyone,” Mary Cheney wrote in her email to Freedom Indiana supporters. “For me, that’s not just another saying. It’s who I am — the core of what I believe. No one should be denied the fundamental liberties we all deserve.”

The “freedom for everyone” line echoed a remark made by sister Liz in 2009, regarding gay marriage, when she said “freedom means freedom for everybody.”

That was before Liz Cheney decided to launch a Senate campaign in Wyoming. Now, in her attempt to knock off a Republican incumbent in the primary, Liz Cheney has become vocal in her opposition to gay marriage.

Mary Cheney invoked family in her email: “Speaking out against HJR-6 isn’t a matter of politics. It’s about family,” she wrote. “It’s about everyone feeling welcome in the state they call home.”

The involvement of Mary Cheney, who identifies herself as a conservative Republican, is ramping up attention to an issue GOP leaders who control the Indiana Legislature have been working hard to minimize.

During a recent legislative preview, House Speaker Brian Bosma was disdainful of what he sees as the media’s obsession with HJR-6.

“This is not the most important issue for us by far,” Bosma said of the measure that would lock Indiana’s current ban on same-sex marriage into the state constitution. “It will receive 95 percent of the coverage, and it will take 5 percent of the attention of the General Assembly.”

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