INDIANA: GOP Moves Failing Marriage Ban Bill To New House Committee

Via the Indianapolis Star:

In a highly unusual move, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma today moved a controversial same-sex marriage ban to a new committee after the measure stalled in a previous committee. Bosma said the proposed amendment to the state constitution, known as House Joint Resolution 3, will be moved from the House Judiciary Committee to the Elections and Apportionment Committee. The measure had a hearing last week in the Judiciary Committee, but House Republican leaders decided against bringing it to a vote amid concerns that three GOP lawmakers might vote against it and kill the amendment.

Presumably this means last week’s roster of hate group nutters will be forced to re-testify before the new committee.

UPDATE: Freedom Indiana has issued a reaction.

“Thousands of opponents of HJR-3 have called, written and come in person to the Statehouse to explain to lawmakers how this divisive amendment will harm our families, friends and loved ones. We’ve explained the very real problems with this amendment through our personal stories. We’ve followed the legislative process with an earnest expectation that legislators truly seek to represent their constituents.

“We found that to be the case with the legislators serving on the House Judiciary Committee, but House Speaker Brian Bosma broke his commitment to Hoosiers to uphold the traditional legislative process. Speaker Bosma repeatedly promised to treat this issue like any other bill and that no one person would not make this decision. 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.”