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Minority Leader Asks Republicans To Table Marriage Amendment

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says the Indiana General Assembly should worry about more important things than a proposed amendment banning same sex marriage.

Indiana’s top Democratic lawmakers are calling on Republican leaders to put a halt to the proposed state constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.

Both House and Senate Republican leaders are downplaying the importance of the proposed same sex marriage ban.

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says setting aside the marriage amendment at the start of session will make it easier for the legislature to govern. Otherwise, Pelath says, the controversial measure will paralyze the political process.

“It’s all anybody wants to talk about,” says Pelath. We all know there are more important issues – people say it publicly – but when they sit down over coffee it’s the first thing that comes up.”

House Speaker Brian Bosma says the marriage amendment will be treated like every other bill.

“I don’t think it should be killed by one person, whether that is the university president or, for that matter, the Speaker of the House,” says Bosma. “This body should decide whether it goes to the people for a vote.”

If the legislature passes the amendment, it will be sent to the voters for approval as a ballot referendum next November.

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