Mon November 18, 2013
Bosma: Indiana Gay Marriage Amendment Still on the Table for 2014 Session
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says he expects lawmakers to reach a conclusion this year on amending the state's same-sex marriage ban into the constitution but the Republican hasn't decided on timetable for tackling the issue in the 2014 session.
Bosma did not include the ban on a list of formal House Republican priorities presented at the Indiana Chamber of commerce's annual legislative preview today. But the issue is still likely to dominate much of the 2014 session.
Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long says he needs to consult with other Senate Republicans before making a decision about the ban.
House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath and Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane both suggested that the majority Republicans take the issue off the table for 2014.
Bosma says the General Assembly will likely have to step in to the ongoing "civil war" between Democratic Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the Republican administration.
The fighting between Ritz and Gov. Mike Pence hit a peak last Wednesday during a State Board of Education meeting. Ritz abruptly ended the meeting over concerns that more of her powers would be shifted to a newly-created Pence education agency.
Pence on Friday asked a national school boards group to step into the ongoing power struggle.
Bosma did not say exactly what lawmakers would do but dismissed suggestions that Ritz be removed as board chairwoman or that the superintendent be appointed by the governor.