Homophobic, anti-marriage amendment passed Indiana Senate Committee today

We’ve been following the movement of the anti-marriage amendment in the Indiana legislature through via our Hoosier friends at Bilerico. Bil Browning has the latest:

An Indiana state senate committee passed a marriage discrimination amendment this morning, moving the proposal one step forward to passage. The legislation now goes to the full senate for passage.

The measure passed on a 7-3 vote. After every Fortune 500 company based in Indiana opposed the proposed amendment, prominent Republican and Democrat politicians expressed reservations, the majority of newspapers in the state expressed disdain for it, and public polling showed that most Hoosiers oppose the amendment, Republican legislators still decided to push the measure through.

At this point, it’s pretty clear this amendment is based on pure homophobia and hate.

And, if I were a State legislator in Indiana, not sure I’d be pissing off Bil Browning.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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