Facing Uncertainty, HJR 3 Moved To New Committee
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Opponents of Indiana’s House Joint Resolution 3 are crying foul after the marriage amendment bill is reassigned to a new House committee.
There had been reports of doubts that the amendment bill would pass the House Judiciary Committee, where it was scheduled for a vote this week. The committee chairman had opted to give committee members time to consider their votes after hearing close to four hours of testimony on January 13.
On Tuesday, House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) reassigned the bill to the House Elections and Apportionment Committee. Statehouse observers believe HJR 3 is more likely to pass there, then go on to the full House.
HJR 3 companion legislation House Bill 1153 was also reassigned to the same committee. Bosma has previously said HB 1153 states the lawmaker’s intent in passing the amendment.
“I responded to the overwhelming majority of the Republican caucus who have extensively lobbied me to bring this to the floor in one fashion or another,” Bosma told The Indianapolis Star.
Anti-HJR 3 group Freedom Indiana accused Bosma of breaking his commitment to Hoosiers to uphold the traditional legislative process in regards to the marriage amendment.
“Speaker Bosma repeatedly promised to treat this issue like any other bill and that no one person would not make this decision,” said Freedom Indiana campaign manager Megan Robertson in a statement. “We are proud of the way we have conducted ourselves and disappointed that Speaker Bosma did not live up to his word.”
“Would we change our actions had we known all along that one man planned to change the rules to push this divisive amendment through? Absolutely not. And this power play only spurs us to fight harder. Today is a dark day for democracy in the state of Indiana, but we are more committed than ever to defeat this amendment for the good of our state, our economy and our future together.”
HJR 3 previously passed the House and Senate in 2011. It must pass again before going to Indiana voters in the November general election.