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.
Similar to Republican actions nationwide, Indiana Republicans won election by claiming they would focus on fiscal and economic issues. Instead, they have focused almost exclusively on social issues like union busting, abortion, and marriage equality. A poll released yesterday showed that the majority of Hoosiers have other priorities than same-sex marriage.
Several years ago, then (and current) Speaker of the House Brian Bosma (R) called a marriage amendment "the most important part of the people's business." Apparently, these hidebound politicians still believe it.