Saturday, January 25, 2014

Truitt Will Vote Against HJR-3

Journal and Courier columnist Dave Bangert reports that Republican Representative Randy Truitt, whose district includes most of West Lafayette, will vote against the same sex marriage amendment because of reservation about the second sentence of the amendment. It reads "A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized." The concern, widespread even among Republicans, is that this provision will revoke benefits already provided to same sex couples by Indiana businesses and institutions. Truitt calls the sentence "a red-hot poker" and doesn't think it is appropriate in the constitution. Truitt had voted for the amendment in 2011. The article notes that Attica Representative Sharon Negele has voiced similar concerns, but hasn't indicated how she will vote. A vote may come to the House floor as early as Monday. Read the J&C article here.