Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Pence Won't Leave Marriage Issue Alone

Governor Mike Pence continues to step in it when it comes to the issue of marriage in Indiana.

The Governor, who has no role in this fight other than cheerleader, is set to speak on Thursday at a luncheon that will no doubt attract many supporters of HJR-3.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Pence will keynote the Faith and Community Leader Legislative Luncheon at the Westin Hotel.  It's an event that's organized by the Indiana Family Institute and the Indiana Pastors Alliance.

When you go to the Indiana Family Institute's website, it asks for advocates to support HJR-3.  As I'm sure you're well aware by now, HJR-3 is the move by the Indiana General Assembly to approve a constitutional amendment in the Indiana Constitution that would ban pretty much everything but man-woman marriage in Indiana.

Pence is on the speaker's card along with Rev. Ron Johnson, a pro-HJR-3 pastor that is featured prominently on the Indiana Family Institute's website as well as the connected Indiana Pastors Alliance website.  Johnson features also prominently in the video on the website.

As you can see, they come from a certain point of view quite different than the point of view of Freedom Indiana.

I have many problems with the above video.  Rev. Johnson seems to think that the dialogue only comes if this issue reaches the voters.  That's not really true.  We're having the dialogue now.  He also quotes the Gettysburg Address in the video above that this is a government "of the people, for the people, and by the people."  He's right.  It's a representative government.  We elect our legislators to represent us.  If something doesn't get enough support to pass, then it dies away.  That's the way it works.  The court system is there to protect our rights.  Passing HJR-3 would only assure that so-called "judicial activism" will overturn it eventually.  It's a question of when and not if.

Anyway, this is the kind of thing our Governor has decided he wants to put his time and effort into supporting.  It's his time, and there's no doubt he's trying to come down on the right side of this issue for his constituency...that's the very far right.  It's just a shame that he can't be a Governor for all Hoosiers, like he promised, and just let this thing play out.


Anonymous said...

Serious question - why are these folks from the Indiana Pastor's Alliance not registered as lobbyists? I would assume they meet the threshold for registration?

johnnystir . said...

Good question.