Marriage is often considered the union of two people who find each other suitable and attractive on many different levels. If one person doesn’t like the other, chances are good there will be no marriage. That’s what dating is all about — finding someone you like who likes you.
Sometimes, matchmakers get involved.
In times past, there were professional matchmakers — think “Fiddler on the Roof,” for example. Today, there are a myriad of websites that supposedly do the same thing: find the right match.
In Indiana, the Republican Speaker of the House apparently fancies himself an old-time matchmaker, and he’s desperately trying to marry off his least-attractive “offspring”: an bill to ban same-sex marriage in the state constitution.
The Speaker originally gave the bill, HJR3, to the Judiciary Committee. That committee heard several hours of testimony, many pro and some con. Testimony came from residents and out-of state anti-gay groups. Other contacted committee members or their own legislators via phone, fax, or email.
After testimony was complete, the committee delayed a scheduled vote.
The people had spoken, and it was up to the Judiciary committee to vote on whether or not to pass the bill to the full House.
Unfortunately, now they won’t have the chance.
The Indiana Speaker, Brian Bosma, just pulled the bill from the Judiciary Committee. Last week, he actually threatened Committee members to vote for the bill or he would personally kick them off the prestigious committee.
Instead, Bosma is now trying to pawn off his unsuitable and ugly “offspring” — HJR3 — to the House Elections and Apportionment Committee.
Because he can.
“Bosma had promised publicly to let the ban run a normal course in the Legislature but has recently taken a more forceful role in advancing it amid concerns it would die in committee,” the Indiana News-Sentinel reports.
The House elections panel includes more conservative lawmakers than the judiciary panel, including at least one Democrat who has said he would support a ban.
The high-profile battle has caused some lawmakers to say they will change their votes and oppose the ban.
Anti-gay Republican Gov. Mike Pence supports the ban.
Image via Speaker Bosma’s Facebook page
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