It looks like just about everyone but the religious right and shameful politicians hoping to score points off the backs of a minority are lining up to oppose Indiana's marriage discrimination amendment. The amendment would not only ban same-sex marriage, it would also ban domestic partner benefits and civil union ceremonies.
At this week's Senate committee hearings, the legislators heard from representatives of every Fortune 500 company based in Indiana; all of the corporations oppose the amendment. The most unexpected opposition though came from Indy's Mayor, Greg Ballard; Ballard was the original "Tea Party" candidate - complete with big tea bags dunked into the White River.
CEOs of many of Indiana's largest employers, including WellPoint, Emmis Communications and Simon Property Group, as well as Cummins and Lilly, have come out against the amendment, as has Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, saying that he wants to stand with the business community.
The city does not offer domestic partner benefits, but some fear the law would preclude it from ever doing so. Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Ruth Morrison, who is gay, testified that the lack of such benefits has caused the department to lose two model employees to other states in the past year.
Thanks to the business concerns, Republicans decided to shelve the amendment and didn't vote on the measure. If it doesn't pass the Senate, it will be historic; the amendment - in one version or another - has passed the heavily Republican-controlled state senate every year since it was first introduced.