Indiana Marriage Amendment Assigned to New Committee
January 21, 2014 by Lynne Bowman, Regional Field Director
After more than four hours of testimony on House Joint Resolution 3 last Monday in the Judiciary Committee, the committee chairman postponed the vote on legislation that would permanently alter the Indiana Constitution to define marriage between one man and one woman.
Within hours it became clear that it was likely the votes to pass the bill out of committee were not there. For the past week, public speculation has been high about whether House Speaker Brian Bosma would let the bill run the typical legislative process, as he originally promised, or whether he would make a procedural move simply to get the bill from the committee to the House floor.
Today, the Speaker put an end to the guessing with an announcement that he is moving the bill to the House Elections and Apportionment Committee. The committee will hear the bill on Wednesday, 1/22, and may vote immediately.
HJR3 could potentially affect hundreds of rights under current Indiana law. Freedom Indiana, a broad coalition of state businesses and groups, including HRC, is leading the charge in protecting the rights of Indiana's LGBT community.
We need you to contact the committee members immediately. The members are being flooded with PRO statements and we need to make sure our voices against this discriminatory amendment are heard.
Tell them to VOTE NO ON HJR 3 and HB 1153: House Elections and Apportionment Committee Milo Smith (R-D59, firstname.lastname@example.org) Kathy Richardson (R-D29, email@example.com) Woody Burton (R-D58, firstname.lastname@example.org) Casey Cox (R-D85, email@example.com) Richard Hamm (R-D56, firstname.lastname@example.org) Edmond Soliday (R-D4, email@example.com) Holli Sullivan (R-D78, firstname.lastname@example.org) Jeffrey Thompson (R-D28, email@example.com) Timothy Wesco (R-D21, firstname.lastname@example.org) John Bartlett (D-D95, email@example.com) Kreg Battles (D-D45, firstname.lastname@example.org) Philip GiaQuinta (D-D80, email@example.com) Terry Goodin (D-D66, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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