Today Representative Eric Turner, ranking Republican on the Indiana House Rules and Legislative Policy Committee, filed a amendment to House Joint Resolution No. 1 (HJR1) a proposed constitutional amendment concerning property taxes. While I have not examined every detail, it appears that after having been passed in committee as a tax measure, there has now been an amendment proposed that would add and incorporate the text of SJR7, the so-called "Marriage Protection Amendment". Arguably at least, since the resolution is past the committee stage and coming up on second reading, Rules Committee Chair Scott Pelath's stated intention not to give the marriage amendment matter a hearing in the House might have been effectively bypassed, and the stage is set for a vote on the House floor.
This appears to be a raw political maneuver to thrwart the ordinary committee process of the General Assembly. I am not that familiar with the nuances of the legislative rules to know whether or not "they can really do that and get away with it." The point for now, however, that the coffin may have been sealed and put in the ground, but the body seems to have a pulse. Let this be an important lesson......about the fat lady and where her music stand is.