Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Starting Five, 1/28/2014

Posted on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Last night the Indiana House struck the second sentence from the proposed Constitutional Amendment known as HJR 3 (you know, the redundant anti-gay same-sex-marriage-banning legislation that makes the Hoosier State look like a buncha backward rubes?). The vote was 52-43, with 23 members of the GOP deciding that maybe businesses like Lily and Cummins had a point: the law might've made it tough for Indiana companies to offer domestic partner benefits to their employees. A vote on the amended bill could come today. This could re-boot the whole process (Constitutional amendments have to pass two sessions without alteration), but the Senate could vote to restore the language.

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Nonetheless, this is a setback for those looking to codify homophobia. And opponents reacted with a cheer at the Statehouse.

In the middle of the session, Speaker Bosma sent out for pizza. We received the following tweet:

@EdWenck Will there be sausage involved? I hope they keep the sausage pizzas separated. Or else it degrades the pizza at my house. #HJR3 - Caroline Hoy Myers (@AhoyCaroline) January 27, 2014

We've lost Pete Seeger. He was 94. The banjo-playing activist and pal of Woody and Arlo Guthrie was blacklisted by broadcast outlets as early as 1941. His success with The Weavers was derailed by anti-Communist fervor in the '50s. Kind of ironic that a guy who politicians attempted to marginalize as a second class citizen would becoming an icon of American music.

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Oh, and it's cold. It's supposed to be cold in Indy in January, but this is ridiculous.


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