Bosma Flexes Muscle On HJR 3 Advancement
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The battle to get a marriage amendment bill to the full Indiana House is being ratcheted up.
House Joint Resolution 3 – the state constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages and civil unions in Indiana – is set to be voted on this week by the House Judiciary Committee.
On Friday, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma said he is willing to change those committee members if he thinks there are not the votes to pass it out of committee. According to the Associated Press, Bosma had previously said he’d let the marriage amendment bill go through the normal democratic process in the House.
As House Speaker, Bosma has the power to appoint and remove members of the House to and from committees.
Bosma cited a new poll commissioned by House and Senate Republicans that indicates 53 percent of 800 registered voters polled supported the amendment, when presented with the actual language of HJR 3. Fourty-one percent opposed.
In the same poll, performed by Chesapeake Beach Consulting, when the voters were told the language included in the second sentence of the amendment could prohibit civil unions and affect domestic partnership benefits, opposition increased to 54 percent.
House Minority Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) again weighed in on the HJR 3 discussion in an op-ed issued Friday. In it, he wrote that it is becoming apparent that no one understands the impact of the legislation.
“Except perhaps for the attorneys who will profit from the court cases that will challenge its constitutionality. How will this help bring Hoosiers together?” Pelath stated.
If HJR 3 earns approval in both the House and Senate during the current legislative session, the amendment will be decided by Hoosier voters in the November general election.