Two of the proposals that I'm most interested in are up for a hearing in the Indiana House and Representatives and the Indiana Senate, respectively.
The Indiana House is hearing HJR0006, which is the resolution that would define marriage in our state constitution. It would be the first time our constitution is used to discriminate rather than promote rights. Indiana Republicans have repeatedly passed this resolution in the Senate several years, but Pat Bauer (D-South Bend), then Speaker of the House, refused to give it a hearing. Current Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) has previously stated that the anti-LGBT resolution is "the most important of the people's business" while on the floor of the House of Representatives.
This joint resolutions goes against both my personal opinion and common sense. My opinion is that rights and privileges should be equally available to all citizens under the law, no ifs, ands, or buts. Any marriage involving two, non-related consenting adults is fine with me.
Common sense says that Indiana law already defines marriage when the state legislature passed it's own versions of the "Defense of Marriage Act". That law was even upheld by an Indiana appeals court.
If a joint resolution passes both houses of the General Assembly with the same language during two consecutive sessions, it then goes to a state-wide vote to be voted for or against by the citizens of Indiana.
A committee will be hearing the resolution Monday, July 7 at 10:30am.
State Senator Mike Delph (R-Carmel) has also introduced an immigration bill that is similar to the Arizona law that was passed in 2010. Passing this law could put us in the middle of a federal lawsuit that could end up bankrupting our state. Regardless of one's opinions on Arizona's law, let's wait until the dust settles instead of charging in head first into enforcing immigration.
Delph's proposed legislation will be heard February 9 at 3:30pm in the Senate Chambers.