Monday, January 27, 2014

The Starting Five, 1/27/2014

Posted on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM

According to the Ind. House schedule, HJR 3 is still on the calendar for today.

To refresh our memories:

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Although his son is gay, the Chairman of the Elections Committee, Rep. Milo Smith, voted in favor of HJR 3 at the hearing that passed the amendment to the floor of the full House for a vote.

The Indy Star reports that those Reps they polled on HJR 3 are deadlocked. There's enough undecided and "did not respond' answers to those queries to swing the thing in either direction. Gov. Pence made his position on the subject pretty damn clear with an address to the Indiana Family Institute, a group representing the interests of the religious right on the issue.

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"On the same-sex marriage measure, known as House Joint Resolution 3, Pence said he believes in traditional marriage and hopes lawmakers will resolve the issue this year.

But Pence, a former board member of the institute, also tempered his remarks, saying it's important to remember there are "good people" on both sides of the issue."

We'd like to note Pence isn't signing up to speak to any of the organizations of good people who find HJR 3 backward and immoral, however.

When we're not chewing up taxpayer cash with a proposed Constitutional Amendment that's going to result in massive legal fees and lost business dollars before it's ultimately overturned by the Feds, let's grow some hemp, how 'bout?

And while the legislature continues Indiana's march back into the 1950s, the weather continues its march back into the freezer. Go home, Arctic Air Mass - you're drunk.

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