Bosma, along with House and Senate Republicans, released a poll last week by Chesapeake Beach Consulting that showed most Hoosiers want to vote on the constitutional amendment. They favor the concept of marriage between one man, one woman with 58 percent support.
But the devil in the polling details was this: 54 percent favor removing the second sentence.
Why wouldn’t attorney Bosma, acknowledging the amendment is flawed with the second sentence, insist on its removal? If this is important enough to enshrine in the state’s constitution, shouldn’t it be done correctly?
The problem is, Gov. Mike Pence, while being a long-time advocate of the amendment, doesn’t want to run for re-election in 2016 with HJR-3 on the ballot. And he should know how hot-button social politics can impact a campaign. He became the first governor in 50 years to win office with less than 50 percent of the vote in 2012, and it happened because another candidate on the ticket made outrageous remarks about abortion and rape, and sent female voters fleeing the Republican ticket in droves.
And now we watch the state’s second most powerful Republican caught in an issue fraught with legal problems and consequences yet unknown.
Brian Howey publishes at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Twitter @hwypol.