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GOP Poll On HJR-3 Conflicts With Freedom Indiana Numbers

Opponents of the same-sex marriage ban rallied at the statehouse earlier this week.

Speaker Brian Bosma says a recent poll commissioned for House and Senate Republicans clearly indicates that Hoosiers want to have their say at the ballot box on the proposed amendment banning same-sex marriage.

A phone survey of registered voters last week commissioned for the House and Senate GOP caucuses asked Hoosiers for their view on the same-sex marriage ban amendment known as HJR-3.

Fifty-three percent of those surveyed say they support the amendment, contrary to earlier poll numbers put out by Freedom Indiana, a coalition opposing the measure.

Speaker Brian Bosma says that wasn’t the number that jumped out to him, though.

“Eighty percent of Hoosiers want to vote on the issue and that means people on both sides of the issue would like to have the opportunity to speak on it,” Bosma says.

But Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane says it was another number that stood out. Fifty-four percent of those surveyed, when told part of HJR-3 could ban civil unions and domestic partnership benefits, said they would not support the amendment.

“It’s clear the second sentence is a real problem in this amendment and if they’re going to do this, they at least need to have an amendment which is written correctly,” Lanane says.

Bosma downplayed the significance of that survey result, reemphasizing that he believes the message of the poll is that Hoosiers want to weigh in on the question of same sex marriage.

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