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Same-sex couple Steven Bridges (L) and Michael Snell exchange rings after filling out a marriage license at the City Hall in Portland, Maine December 29, 2012.  Same-sex couples can start marrying on December 29 in Maine, a state that made history on Elec
Victory, for now, in Indiana, as that state's Republican Senate won't be acting on the amendment and won't be sending it to voters in 2014.
The state Senate advanced a House version of a proposed amendment banning gay marriage Thursday without debate. But because the House stripped out a sentence barring civil unions last month, the amendment process must start fresh.
Indiana law requires proposed constitutional amendments to pass two consecutive session of the Legislature with the same language before being put to voters. The gay marriage ban passed in 2011 with the civil unions language included.
The soonest the ban could come before voters is 2016. So, while this fight might not be totally over, its postponement is very likely its death knell. When a Republican legislature in Indiana can't manage to get an anti-equality bill passed, you know we're moving in the right direction. Congratulations to Freedom Indiana coalition for this victory.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 11:51 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (31+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 11:51:37 AM PST

  •  Might be moot by 2016 anyway (11+ / 0-)

    if the right court case comes before SCOTUS if lower court rulings are any indication. Which means we want states like Utah and Kentucky to appeal the lower court rulings -- the sooner a case where the appellants have standing gets to SCOTUS, the sooner we'll see all marriages recognized in every state.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 12:33:47 PM PST

    •  This... (1+ / 0-)
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      SCOTUS will be forced to deal with one of the other cases by that point.  It's also relatively clear how SCOTUS will rule at this point.  That was one of the wonderful things about Heyburn ruling yesterday: the Supreme Court and Kennedy will "have the final say" that "will likely complete this judicial journey." We all know at this point what that final say and completion will be.

  •  This is fucking unbelievable (9+ / 0-)

    and I ran against Marlin Stutzman for the Indiana house in 2006 lost 51-49 in a district that was 65% Republican
    If you told me this would happen in 2014 I would gladly have told you that you were out of your damned mind

  •  As a Hoosier. . . (16+ / 0-)

    I'm ashamed beyond words that our legislature was even considering enshrining such bigotry into our state constitution -- let alone taking steps to actually do it.

    Kudos to the business community -- and several of our state universities -- for choosing the right side in this battle.

    And for choosing to be on the right side of history.

    They've done studies, you know. 60% of the time, it works every time. -- Brian Fantana

    by IndyScott on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 12:36:32 PM PST

    •  You're right to give credit (8+ / 0-)

      to Indiana's buiness community.

      It's rare that the Better Business Bureau opposes actions by a Republican legislature in a very red state, but HJR3 was rightfully seen as gross overkill on the part of Marriage Equality opponents.

       Eli Lily and Cummins lobbied hard against this bill, using both the media and good old-fashioned head knocking on the House and Senate floors. As the States's two largest employers, their arguments that this constitutional amendment would hamper their ability to hire and retain quality employees were effective, especially as Indy has seen real growth in its technology sectors.

      Indiana University, along with several other colleges argued the same thing, as did a number of Mayors - including the Republican Mayor of Indianapolis.

      Opposition to this bill crossed party lines, expecially the second sentence in the amendment which would have banned all domestic partnerships, regardless of the sex of the partners.

      Congratulations to everyone who fought this fight! There is still more work to do, as the bill isn't totally dead yet, but today's vote is great news for the Marriage Equality  movement.

      Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

      by OIL GUY on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 01:05:31 PM PST

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    •  Well, I guess Indiana has solved ALL its problems (1+ / 0-)
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      and is now paradise on earth, where everyone has all they need – and so the legislature has time on its hands to make mischief.

      Oh — not so? Gee, just like Ohio then except here it's more restrictions on abortion and fewer on guns and zero focus on things like education, jobs, and human services.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 01:21:23 PM PST

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    •  I live in Indiana and I agree with you. (4+ / 0-)
  •  Wait, so if I understand this correctly (1+ / 0-)
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    The House stripped out the language, knowing it would need to be passed again in the next session to ensure it can come up for a vote?

    Very weird.

    •  there was always a possibility (1+ / 0-)
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      that the Senate would restore the language.  But there was huge outcry against including the second sentence (by business interests, colleges and universities.)  They all knew what side their bread was buttered on.

      Amazing victory.

  •  Best husband/husband couple ever! n/t (3+ / 0-)
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    howabout, Ahianne, DaddyO

    United Citizens beat Citizens United

    by ThirtyFiveUp on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 12:50:34 PM PST

  •  In a related matter ... (4+ / 0-)
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    bythesea, revsue, Ahianne, HeyMikey

    My own state of Alabama did adopt anti-equality laws. But I read this morning that a Montgomery man, with the help of the Southern Poverty Law Center, has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Alabama Marriage Protection Act and Sanctity of Marriage Amendment

    Paul Hard is the sole plaintiff because his husband, Charles David Fancher, was killed in an auto accident about a year after they married in Massachusetts. Hospital employees and a funeral home director subjected Paul to the usual despicable behavior these laws are purpose-built to engender. In addition, Paul has no standing in a wrongful death suit that the administrator of Charles' estate has filed.

    I actually got a laugh out of the response from Mike Hubbard, (R-Auburn), Speaker of the Alabama House. "The SPLC is nothing more than the ACLU with a Southern accent."

    I'd call that a compliment. And I do hope they win.

    Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean that you don't have to keep time. -- T. Monk

    by susanala on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 01:15:33 PM PST

  •  Is it just me (0+ / 0-)

    Am I alone in seeing many republicans especially at the state level not being as rabid about gay marriage?  

    I do not see this issue as being something many of the state and local candidates to go to the mat for.   Sure, I know there are still reps and senators and commissioners and councilmen living in the '50's, but not so much anymore I think.

  •  So that -20 cold snap we had (3+ / 0-)
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    Was hell freezing over?
    This utterly surprises the hell out of me. I thought the Rs were going to ram this through, come hell or high water. I'm completely stunned.

    But, yeah, the fight's not over.

  •  Wait... (0+ / 0-)

    Now that I've re-read the article, it becomes pretty clear that this news is entirely the result of a blunder on the part of legislators, by passing language that was different from the 2011 language. The Senate passed the House bill.

    So, I guess I'm not entirely surprised now. The bigots, did, in fact, vote to enshrine hate into our constitution. They just made a procedural mistake with the language of the bill.

    So, yeah, we can't give up the fight. They'll just come back in the next legislature and vote again. You can bet they won't make the same mistake again.

    •  Not a procedural mistake if I understand this (3+ / 0-)

      correctly. Instead it was a cowardly way to ditch an unpopular initiative. Many R's are smart enough to see the tide turning and didn't want it on the ballot in 2014.

      "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

      by annan on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 02:57:56 PM PST

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    •  they were in a bind (0+ / 0-)

      Without the second sentence, the right wing supporters were not happy with it, and it would delay the vote.   With the second sentence, there was no way it would approved by a majority of voters statewide, given the strong opposition of business and educational interests.

      Right wing overreach doomed it.  

  •  If more Americans (0+ / 0-)

    Specifically republicans were to have an open mind, and experiment with homosexual relationships, I bet more than 50% would change their minds about allowing same sex marriages.  Being a life long liberal, I was opposed to same sex marriage back in my college days, until that one night, I am proud to say I now fully support same sex relationships and marriage.  You need to open your mind and walk a mile in their shoes, it is about love have respect for all.  

  •  Of all the photos of all the gay couples... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...this one is my favorite. Hands down. It almost makes me cry.

    Because they're so...ORDINARY. Regular middle-aged men. One is outgoing with a big, toothy grin; the silver-haired one seems shy. They're not hot model-looking beauties caught in a deep kiss at the courthouse door; they're not slim male neatniks. They're regular guys who are gay and want to get married.

    Thank you for re-printing this photo, mcjoan. It touches me every time I see it.

    "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

    by DaddyO on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 08:03:55 PM PST

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