It's important that the community... and the Press... be aware of Senate Republican strategy with regard to the amendment to the Constitution. Republican Senators are engaging in the Big Lie, taking refuge in an argument that the Amendment does not say what it says, and that it will not have the effect that its words convey. The Big Lie enables Senators like Theresa Lubbers, whose constituency is progressive, but who herself is conservative, to say that it has no effect on civil union or any other similar package of rights.
But the words of the second part of the Amendment are plain: "This Constitution or any other Indiana law may not be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups." As a result of these words, whatever law that the legislature may pass that extends any legal incident associated with marriage, no matter its name, to same sex couples would be unconstitutional.
Micah Clark of the Indiana Family Association knows this, for he has advised his followers that it would prevent a judge from interpreting a law as requiring civil union... even a law with the INTENT of creating civil union.
The Republican Senators understand they must maintain a united front on this point, for to allow that the law has a far broader impact merely than banning marriage is to invite public discussion of that broader impact, and editorial opinion. Given that the majority of Hoosiers are polled as supporting some rights for same sex couples, which this amendment would ban, any broader discussion would threaten the Amendment's prospects for passage.
To the community and the press: Don't be thrown by any such claim. Wherever it is employed, the virtue of the Big Lie strategy is that it is so audacious that you can't imagine what you are being told so publicly is false. It is a lie designed to confound, confuse, and disarm the Press by shaking its confidence long enough for passage of to occur without editorial opposition.
The Emperor marches nude through our legislature.