The Indiana state senate has decided to intensify the assault on same-sex couples. Republican senators Scott Schneider and Carlin Yoder have introduced SB 475, a measure that would prevent state government from providing domestic partner benefits to employees in a same-sex relationship. Earlier this week, the state house of representatives passed an amendment to the constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage and civil unions.
A bill that would restrict the benefits of same-sex couples on college campuses was announced on Thursday, just days after the House passed an amendment banning same-sex marriage.
SB 475 would take away from same-sex couples benefits such as insurance. State-funded colleges such as Purdue would not be able to provide medical or other emergency benefits to same-sex partners of University employees.
The state senate is expected to pick up the amendment later this session and easily pass it. Democrats control so few seats in the senate that even if they walked out like the Wisconsin legislators did this week, the Republicans can reach a quorum without them.
A quick observation: Scott Schneider was an Indianapolis City-County councilor when we passed the inclusive human rights ordinance. He was the main opponent on the council. We whupped his ass then and we'll do it again now.