Indiana Senate Stalls Proposed Gay Marriage Ban Until at Least 2016

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A gay-marriage ban in Indiana isn't heading to the ballot anytime in the near future, thanks to a decision by the state senate.

After a lot of vocal protests and lobbying surrounding the proposed ban, the vote was met with relative silence on the Indiana Senate floor:

A decision Thursday by the Indiana Senate not to restore the original language of the proposed constitutional amendment means that even if it passes, as expected, during a final vote Monday, it would have to pass a future legislature and couldn't go before voters until at least 2016.


Some Republican lawmakers wanted to also include a ban on civil unions in the bill. (Talk about turning the clock back, folks. Ridiculous.)That provision had been removed from the bill in the House, and while there was talk of having it reinstated, it never was put to a vote in the Senate. And then the whole thing went down in spectacular defeat anyway.

Bigots, I mean, "supporters" of the gay marriage ban, vow to continue to pander to an ever-shrinking base of extremists who they will try to squeeze campaign funds out of until they dry up forever push for the bill's passage:

Supporters were disappointed at the outcome but vowed to continue fighting for the measure, known as House Joint Resolution 3.

"We view this as a delay, not a defeat," said Eric Miller, founder and executive director of Advance America, a conservative advocacy group pushing the amendment. "We're still going to work to pass a constitutional amendment to protect marriage between a man and a woman."

Good luck with that, say legal experts in the state:

"The chances of this making it are getting slimmer and slimmer," said Robert Dion, a political science professor at the University of Evansville. "The yearslong push just took a big body blow. The Senate was the place to make the last stand — and it didn't even happen."


OK, so Indiana lawmakers are inching back towards sanity. Kansas, your move.


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Although some Indiana lawmakers are doubling-down on the insanity - one of them being Carmel Senator Mike Delph, who is having an interesting melt-down on twitter that has been fun to follow along with. He seems committed to his nuttiness, but come election time, he may rethink his positions, so people have been helpfully screencapping his conversations.