Thursday, May 15, 2014

Marriage Amendment a Political Albatross for Pence in 2016?

Brian Howey wrote an interesting analysis of the political fallout of the removal of the "second sentence" from the proposed same-sex constitutional amendment. Howey notes that Gov. Pence wanted the referendum vote that is required for constitutional amendments to occur in this year's election. He does not want to have the referendum on the ballot when he runs for re-election in 2016. He will be pressed by very conservative "family coalitions" to back "the amendment for the year when he could seek re-election. Pence administration sources have indicated to me that they view support for the marriage amendment to be eroding, and that the emphasis on 2015 will be on the biennial budget." Two more years of rapidly evolving views on same-sex marriage might make that a very uncomfortable position for Gov. Pence, even in Indiana! Maybe he'll just decide to run for president. Read Howey's column here.