Three Democrats on the Committee, John Bartlett, Kreg Battles, and Phil GiaQuinta all gave compelling and personal reasons for their no votes after hearing hours of passionate and personal testimony in a 4.5 hour hearing. The nine Republicans who voted simply recorded their yes votes as if ashamed.
Pretty much everyone was resigned to the fact that the new committee would easily approve the resolution that would essentially ban anything other than man-woman marriage in Indiana after House Speaker Brian Bosma changed the committee assignment on Tuesday. The change showed that he did not have the votes in the Judiciary Committee to get it passed to the House floor.
Now that it's there, it's unclear if he has the votes to get it passed to the Senate. However, if his caucus capitulates as quickly as the committee members did, it might just work making Rep. Ed Delaney's ominous prediction on Twitter come true.
The Speaker has sentenced Indiana to a 10-month family fight, all while distracting Hoosiers from important problems the state faces. #HJR3
— Ed DeLaney (@eddelaney86) January 23, 2014