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Opinion

December 3, 2013

HAYDEN: Indiana GOP's feud about to go national

Cheney visit will put spotlight on HJR-6

(Continued)

Bosma may be willfully ignoring the fact HJR-6 already has ignited a family feud within the GOP in Indiana. As political columnist Brian Howey of Howey Politics Indiana has been reporting, there is a deep divide in the majority House and Senate caucuses over the issue, and a distinct majority of the Indiana Republican Central Committee opposes HJR-6.

Many of the GOP opponents to HJR-6 in the Legislature have opted to refrain from voicing their views publicly, preferring to keep the fight within the privacy of the family.

Two who haven’t already have been targeted by supporters of HJR-6, including the American Family Association of Indiana, which bills itself as the “state’s premiere decency organization.”

A recent full-page advertisement that ran in The Shelbyville News invoked Old Testament references in its shot against GOP state Rep. Sean Eberhart, an HJR-6 opponent.

Another ad in the New Albany/Jeffersonville News and Tribune was aimed at GOP Rep. Ed Clere. The advertisement, featuring an upside-down Republican elephant logo, questions Clere’s loyalty to the Republican Party’s national platform that includes opposition to same-sex marriage.

The ad fails to mention the Indiana Republican Party, aware from its own polling of the rapidly evolving public opinion on marriage equality, dropped its longstanding opposition to same-sex marriage last year.

Clere has said he opposes HJR-6 because “the proposed amendment helps no one but hurts many.”

Anyone who’s ever been immersed in a family feud can relate to that sentiment.

Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for CNHI newspapers in Indiana, including the Kokomo Tribune. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com.

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