Opponents of Gay Marriage Ban Not Giving Up
Gay marriage has rapidly gone from being a priority to an afterthought at the Indiana Statehouse, but opponents of a proposed ban on same-sex marriage are not letting down their guard.
Senate Pro Tem David Long says the Republican legislative caucus will decide by the end of next week whether a constitutional amendment to outlaw gay marriage will be considered by lawmakers during this year's session. Long says the entire GOP caucus has not discussed the issue so far this session, saying their attention has been focused on "other critical issues."
It wasn't less than a decade ago when Long's contemporary in the House, Speaker Brian Bosma, referred to banning same-sex marriage as "the most critical piece of the people's business." This week, Bosma appeared annoyed when reporters asked questions about whether the amendment would be brought up this session, asking aloud "Anybody have a real question? An important question?"
Rick Sutton, the executive director of Indiana Equality, says the atmosphere has changed greatly since the amendment first passed the Legislature in 2011. Sutton says he is encouraged by talk from Long that the Republican super majority may wait until the U.S. Supreme Court considers a pair of cases on same-sex marriage before moving forward with the amendment in Indiana. But Sutton says his side has witnesses ready and is prepared for hearings this session should lawmakers move forward with it.