HJR-3 Hearing Today at 3:30 p.m. 

House Speaker Brian Bosma has moved a constitutional amendment to define marriage to another committee in hopes of getting the controversial proposal passed to the full chamber for a vote.

Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said he heard over the weekend from a majority of the members of the Republican caucus who said they wanted a chance to vote on the amendment, which would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. "This seemed like the best way to do it," Bosma said. He called it the "least intrusive, most respectful of the process."

Bosma moved the amendment to from the Judiciary Committee, where it had a three-hour hearing last week, to the Elections Committee, which will have its own hearing. He said Judiciary Chairman Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, told him he wasn't confident the amendment could pass the committee.

Meanwhile, Elections Committee Chairman Milo Smith, R-Columbus, had been lobbying to have it in his committee, Bosma said. "It is a referendum issue," he said. Bosma said he wasn't sure the bill would pass the Elections Committee but it had a "likelihood of making it to the floor with this route."

The Elections Committee hearing will begin at 3:30 p.m. in House Chambers. This is a staff report from TheStatehouseFile.com, a news service powered by Franklin College journalism students and faculty. NUVO editor's note: After yesterday's news that House Speaker Brian Bosma had moved the marriage amendment question out of a committee where votes to pass it could not be secured, Freedom Indiana - the bi-partisan, wide-spectrum political action group committed to defeating the bill - sent out the following press release: Freedom Indiana campaign manager Megan Robertson issued the following statement on House Speaker Brian Bosma's reassignment of HJR-3, the divisive marriage amendment, to a new committee today: "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."


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