In the July 25 edition of Brian Howey’s Politics Indiana, Speaker Brian Bosma admitted that: “If I had my druthers, Part B (of HJR 6) would not be there. Part B raises a question. But virtually every statute raises some question.” That’s the part of the proposed constitutional amendment that will deny the legislature the right to pass civil unions or any other protections for LGBT families.
I’ll bet he wishes that even more after the most recent Freedom Indiana poll shows that nearly two-thirds of all Hoosiers don’t want any constitutional amendment passed on marriage discrimination and 57 percent specifically think that civil unions should be allowed. This isn’t a statute that can be changed by the next General Assembly – it’s an amendment to the Indiana Constitution.
In fact, you can tell the situation is getting desperate since Eric Miller (of Advance America) demanded that Republican legislators declare their loyalty to passing HJR 6 in their September caucus. He already knows who voted for it last time. Why the hurried push to nail them down? Could it be that they might read and understand the consequences of passing HJR 6 to Hoosier families? Maybe he knows they’ve figured out this is a losing proposition as each year rolls by.
Ask your Indiana representative and senator whether they can explain the legal ramifications of the phrase “a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.” If they can’t, they should probably reject HJR 6.
RANDY STUDT Lafayette