Friday, May 1, 2015

Gregg Clarifies Positions on Energy, Abortion, Same Sex Marriage

John Gregg
On Friday afternoon, I had a phone conversation with former Indiana Speaker of the House, John Gregg. He wanted to clear the air on a few issues that I had approached him on earlier in the day and some things I'd been hearing about him on Facebook.

First of all, he believes in climate change, and he’s not quite sure where it’s gotten told that he doesn’t. He acknowledges his work in the coal industry of Southwest Indiana saying that it paid for his law school and that many of the good paying jobs in the area around Sandborn were in that industry when he grew up. He also pointed out that when he ran for Governor in 2012, he talked about alternative sources of energy.  "It was a part of my stump speech.  One of the five things I hit on was energy...all kinds of energy including both wind and solar."

Secondly, he’s a pro-life Democrat, and that comes out of his religious beliefs. He said he's held the same belief for over 30 years and doesn't shy away from it. Despite being pro-life Gregg said that he never brought an anti-abortion bill to the floor when he was in the General Assembly, "It wasn't my issue." 

Gregg stated that he agreed with “96 percent” of what Planned Parenthood does including providing birth control services and preventing “unplanned parenthood.” He also talked about how early detection of his cancer 10 years ago saved his life and what Planned Parenthood does for women in early screenings.

Finally, Gregg says that the issue of same sex marriage has been fought and it has been won by the supporters. He says that he's told many ministers around the state that same-sex marriage is the law of the land in Indiana, and it's not going to change.

As Governor, Gregg said he would veto any bill curtailing that law. He said that repealing “every word” of RFRA and adding LGBT Hoosiers as a class to the state’s non-discrimination clause would be key planks in his platform as he campaigns.

Gregg also said that he would attend, if invited, a same sex marriage ceremony of someone he knew. “I don’t want it to be perceived as me scoring political points by attending any ceremony. It’s quite possible that I could be attending one soon as I have friends that are considering it. I have no problem attending a same-sex marriage ceremony.”

8 comments:

Mike Kole said...

That's quite a flip-flop from his 2012 position on marriage equality. Well, I guess unlike Pence, he can stick his finger up in the air and tell which way the wind blows. Yay. Progress.

johnnystir said...

Not sure if it's a flip flop or just a nod to reality.

Anonymous said...

Secondly, he’s a pro-life Democrat, and that comes out of his religious beliefs. He said he's held the same belief for over 30 years and doesn't shy away from it. Despite being pro-life Gregg said that he never brought an anti-abortion bill to the floor when he was in the General Assembly, "It wasn't my issue."

It seems to me that the critical question on this issue is not what he did as a state legislator, but what action he would take as Governor, particularly since the legislature is governed by a Republican super majority (and unlikely to change). What happens if John Gregg is elected Governor and the Indiana General Assembly passes an anti-choice bill? When it's sent to his office, will he sign or veto it?

Edward said...

What about Gregg's past membership in ALEC? It lapsed when he was out of government. Does he say he would not join again?

EarnestTeaBass said...

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/06/1382815/--ALEC-Was-OK-When-I-Was-a-Member-John-Gregg-Dem-IN-GOV-Cand

Anonymous said...

hopefully he would sign it.

Anonymous said...

Gregg really needs to clarify the ALEC thing. Also, his reference to his liberal critics as "Left-wing whack-a-doodles" is insulting. I will vote for him but not with any enthusiasm unless he apologizes for both of these mistakes!

Unknown said...

Well he's not really pro-life. He chose Vi Simpson as a running mate last time who is extremely pro-choice. So he just will tell you what you want to hear.