Society and parts of Indiana government already are beginning to comply with federal regulations regarding same-sex marriage. On Oct. 3, the Indiana National Guard began issuing identification cards to its members on orders from the Pentagon. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel identified Indiana as one of nine states that did not immediately comply with that order when it was to be instituted on Sept. 3. The Internal Revenue Service is also changing tax-related rulings on a federal level that states will ultimately have to recognize.
There are two scenarios emerging in the Legislature. The mood within the Senate Majority Caucus is to deal with the issue in the opening days — if not hours — of the General Assembly, which commences Jan. 7. The second is to delay dealing with the issue until after the Feb. 10 primary filing deadline, when incumbents will learn if they have opponents in the May 6 primary.
Another option would be to delete the controversial second sentence, which essentially starts the entire process over again, putting off a potential referendum to 2020. Opponents of the referendum believe public opinion will overwhelmingly shift against the measure by then.
Brian Howey publishes at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Twitter at twitter.com/hwypol.