GOP Could Decide Next Week To Push For Gay Marriage Ban

Republican lawmakers are wary about trying to pass a state constitutional amendment because the Supreme Court is scheduled to rule on a similar case this year.

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Two men get married during a wedding ceremony in Delaware.

Republican leaders say they are close to deciding whether a proposed state constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage will get a hearing this year in the legislature.

Indiana’s proposed marriage amendment cleared its first hurdle in 2011, as members of the General Assembly overwhelmingly passed it. In order to go on the election ballot in 2014, the legislature needs to approve the measure again either this session or next.

Speaker Brian Bosma says a factor in whether the legislature will wait until next year to act on the amendment is a gay marriage case currently in the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Personally, I think it’s inadvisable to move forward with the United States Supreme Court having the question before it, but I’m not making that decision by myself and talking to folks on both sides of the issue and receiving their opinions as well,” he says.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long says his caucus is considering past experience dealing with issues before the Supreme Court.

“People did not expect the ruling that came from the Supreme Court on Obamacare,” he says. “[It] was a surprise, particularly how Justice Roberts ruled when it was Justice Kennedy who went on one side and Justice Roberts on the other, which says that there’s a lot of unpredictability with the Supreme Court.”

Long and Bosma say they will work together to resolve the issue and expect to jointly announce their plans next week.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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    The GOP may not “Go Gay” anytime soon … but sooner or later they’ll have to come to grips with the fact that vilifying Gay Americans is no longer a vote-getter for them. Back in 2009 a CBS News survey found that while only 18% of Americans over the age of 65 supported marriage equality for Gay couples, 41% of American under the age of 45 supported it. That was FOUR YEARS AGO, and the generational shift in attitudes among young people toward their Gay friends and family members is accelerating.

    Even conservative columnist Andrew Stuttaford grudgingly acknowledged this: “I fully understand (even if I do not agree with) the idea that same-sex unions are a threat to conventional marriage and I fully understand those who argue that opposition to gay marriage is a fundamental principle too important to be abandoned for reasons of political expediency, but these findings should, I reckon, at least be some sort of warning to those who assume that the GOP’s current position on this issue will continue to be a vote-winner.”

    30 years ago most Americans were not aware of any Gay friends, family members, or co-workers. Today most Americans ARE aware, and they have become dramatically more accepting and supportive of the Gay people and Gay couples in their lives. And social networking sites like Facebook have made the proverbial “closet” virtually obsolete. The Republican Party ignores this growing acceptance at their own peril. The economy is important, yes … but your friends are PERSONAL.

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