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January 27, 2014 12:10AM
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Updated: March 3, 2014 12:17PM
Time being wasted on same-sex marriage
Our House Representatives should reject HJR-3, the amendment that both rejects same-sex marriage and declares any legal status identical or substantially similar to marriage not legal.
Representatives who support HJR-3 because “Hoosiers want to vote on it” are doing a great disservice to our state. Do they regularly ask us if we’d like to vote on their decisions? No. If they did, we’d want to vote on everything from transportation to education. Meanwhile, these very topics are being ignored as two different House committees listened to testimony.
This proposed amendment doesn’t just waste time. It wastes money. If passed, it will siphon more of our money for legal redress, both in state and when the Supreme Court rules it unconstitutional — an outcome Republican House representatives have acknowledged.
But let’s not pass HJR-3 and wait for the Supreme Court to strike it down. HJR-3, even temporarily, will hurt those of us contributing to this state in so many positive ways (even if you don’t agree with how we inhabit our bedrooms). Easy fix: reject HJR-3, an amendment that will hurt same-sex and different-sex families across Indiana, get back to work, and spend money on initiatives that benefit Hoosiers.