IN Lawmakers Decide Not To Vote On Marriage Ban While Supreme Court Cases Are Pending

Screen Shot 2013-02-09 at 3.11.06 PMLawmaker in Indiana have decided not to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in the state because of pending Supreme Court cases that may affect the future of any such legislation.

This week Republican House speaker Brian Bosma (right) told the Indianapolis Star that a premature vote on HJR-6 could put the assembly “in the very inadvisable situation of having a matter on the ballot in 2014 that has been ruled unconstitutional and there is no means of removing it from the ballot.”

Oh, jeez, wouldn’t that be embarrassing?

Equality advocates see the move as encouraging: Indiana Equality Action executive director Rick Sutton thanked legislators “for putting the brakes on an amendment that would permanently alter our Indiana Constitution with uncertain long-term consequences,” and said IEA believes the bill “runs counter to our shared Hoosier values of kindness and equality.”

“This announcement gives the people of Indiana some much-needed time to have important conversations about marriage and freedom,” remarked Marc Solomon of Freedom to Marry.  “As they do, we are confident that lawmakers of both parties will recognize that permanently eliminating the freedom to marry in the state constitution is wrong for Indiana’s families.” Image: Facebook