I have some red meat to throw out to the readers today. Feel free to digest in the comments...
While we've come to expect hateful, homophobic legislation from the Republican side of the aisle (constitutional amendment, no support for LGBT rights, ban gay adoption or foster parents, repeal local human rights ordinances that include LGBT rights, etc.), today's story from the Northwest Indiana Times was surprising.
Of course, Brian Bosma was quoted in the article with his usual "We just wanted to have a vote on it. Surprise! It passed!" schtick... Everyone knows he's one of the driving forces behind this wedge issue. At least this time he wasn't out claiming it was "the most important of the people's business."
But the part that's amazing is that Pat Bauer, the leading Democrat in the house and more than likely our next Speaker, is coming out to say that even when the Dems take back the house the amendment is still on the table! Way to go, Pat! That'll help the base! Way to encourage LGBT folks to go to the polls and vote Democratic! (Although I hear that Bauer's already setting up a meeting with the leaders of various LGBT organizations from around the state to do some damage control...)
It's always gives you a warm fuzzy feeling doesn't it when the top Democrat thinks that amending the Constitution isn't "worth the time" of the party. To hear such a high ranking politician claim it's only worth the political posturing is deeply disappointing. You'll notice though that he didn't say it would be the same amendment passed last time. If it gets rewritten and passed again, we start the clock all over - another legislature has to approve it and then the ballot initiative can start in 2010 at the earliest. (With both Republicans and Democrats quickly realizing that Part B of the amendment is so damn dangerous to the state, a changed amendment is almost a certainty at this point.)
C'mon, Pat. Get that foot out of your mouth and back on the stupid, homophobic laws the Pubs are proposing. This is bigger than Daylight Savings Time and how much hay has been made of that? Personally, I think defending my family is "worth the time, the trouble" of showing how hateful that amendment really is.
From the article (emphasis mine):
The Legislature's top Democrat said he wouldn't block a vote on a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage if his party takes control of the Indiana House next year.
The promise came from House Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, who won an award from the Indiana Civil Liberties Union for not letting Republican attempts to advance such a constitutional ban come to a vote while he was the speaker of the Indiana House.
State law already forbids marriage between two men or two women, but Republicans want the ban cemented in the Indiana Constitution.
"I just think that the only way for (Republicans) not to (continue to) demagogue it is to have a redundancy. It's too bad it has to go in the constitution, but so be it," Bauer said. "It's not worth the time, the trouble, to point out that it's not a problem (in Indiana), so it's better just to have the vote and see how it goes."