Wednesday, January 29, 2014
HJR-3 Final House Vote Displays Difference Between the Two Major Parties
The next time someone tells you that there's no difference in the two major parties, look up the vote on House Joint Resolution 3.
There were 57 Yeas and 40 Nays. Of the 57 votes in favor of writing discrimination into the Indiana State Constitution, 57 were Republicans. Only a handful of Republicans led by the very brave Ed Clere of New Albany (who voted no in 2011 against HJR-6) joined all the Democrats in opposition to recognizing a marriage as only between one man and one woman in Indiana.
Democrats understand that the definition of marriage is about something more deep than just the gender of those being married. Many Republicans, certainly not all, clearly still do not.
Again, just remind people that parties do stand for something, and it's ok to stand with a party...even if you don't walk 100 percent in lock step. There were Republicans all across Indiana that were disgusted by this whole fight, and I salute those folks. It's too bad that nine more weren't in the Indiana General Assembly.
As for HJR-3, it's off to the Senate.