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Indiana Republican legislative leaders are downplaying the importance of a proposed state constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage they plan to bring for a vote next session.
Senate President Pro Tem David Long and House Speaker Brian Bosma had yet to speak publicly on the marriage amendment leading up to the legislative session. But Monday, both leaders addressed the controversial measure, saying the decision to move forward on the issue will be made internally by House and Senate Republican caucuses. Long says a same sex marriage ban will not be the primary focus of his members.
“This is not the most important issue facing Indiana, okay? It is not,” said Long. “This is a difficult vote we’re going to have to get through and deal with but the most important issue is jobs and the economy and the education of ours kids.”
House Minority Leader Scott Pelath urged his Republican counterparts to delay a vote on the amendment for at least another year, saying it would avoid a divisive debate:
“Not amongst legislators – we get elected to do that,” Pelath said. “Avoid a divisive debate amongst our own citizens, and one that will be on display to the rest of the nation.”
Bosma says whether the General Assembly advances the marriage amendment or not, he looks forward to ending a 12 year discussion of the issue.