The Indiana House Judiciary Committee is slated to hear HJR-6 this week. This proposed legislation would enshrine the legal definition of “traditional” marriage in the state constitution. This bill will likely pass committee and won’t find much to stop it in the House or Senate. Despite Gov. Daniel’s call for a “truce on social issues”, it’ll no doubt be signed by him (I’d have more admiration for him if he stopped it, though).
A bill that passes this year will take many years to pass into the Constitution. It has to be approved again by a second consecutively-elected body of the House and Senate, then the Governor. After that, it goes on to the ballot in the next closest general election to be voted on by the citizens of Indiana.
You can learn more about the bill, the members on the committee and send a generic form-letter against the measure over at the Equality Federation, a Libertarian-friendly organization I might add. Libertarian philosophy on the matter is simple: the government shouldn’t be regulating any kind of marriage. Instead, it should only offer civil unions for legal protection of assets and securities in a relationship. “Marriage” is a religious affair and has no business in the government’s bureaucracy.
I think this bill will pass this year, and likely again in the next body of the House and Senate (I don’t see Indiana Democrats making that big of a comeback that soon). By then, I expect the state’s attitudes on gays and lesbians to change enough that it won’t matter. Or, more likely, the Federal government will throw their cock into this fight and it’ll be a moot point.
However, if an amendment is passed into the Constitution, mark my words: I will immediately put my house on the market and take my education, my business, my spending, my income and property taxes and my charitable works out of this state.