Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Republicans use "Marriage" Amendment in last-ditch campaign effort

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » GLBT Donate to DU
 
IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 12:27 AM
Original message
Republicans use "Marriage" Amendment in last-ditch campaign effort
For Immediate Release:
October 27, 2006

Republicans use Marriage Amendment in last-ditch campaign effort
GOP leadership relying on divisive wedge issue in attempt to turn election tide.

Indianapolis
Thursday morning saw Indiana Republican leaders latching on to the New Jersey Supreme Court decision extending equal protections to same-sex couples. While ignoring that four of the seven New Jersey justices were appointed by a Republican governor, the States current House majority seized on the issue as a desperately-needed election opportunity.

House Speaker Brian Bosma took the opportunity to claim, Today is a very timely day to address the issue of Indianas proposed constitutional amendment, referring to the New Jersey court decision. Bosma did not address Indianas 1997 Defense of Marriage Act defining marriage in Indiana as one man and one woman a law never similarly passed in New Jersey.

I guess no one should be surprised, observed Walter Botich, President of Stop The Amendment. It is election season and politicians with their feet to the fire feel the need to divert attention away from more serious issues facing Hoosiers.

Bosma also expressed ignorance over problems with the wording of the proposed marriage amendment, disputing looming problems with inheritance rights, insurance, medical visitation rights and other benefits claiming that other laws would not be impacted by the amendment. But leaders of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-rights organizations such as Indiana Equality President Kathy Sarris expressed puzzlement over Bosmas limiting language.

The Speaker continually refers to the amendment in terms of same-sex couples, Sarris stated, but a simple reading shows that the phrase same-sex never shows up. Its the term unmarried couples that the legislature chose to use. Its pretty simple to point out that unmarried couples means anybody thats not married which in Indiana would mean mostly heterosexuals.

Robb Minich, an Indianapolis civil rights and constitutional law attorney, responded to Bosmas statements as deliberately missing the point. Minich stated, As a politician, Speaker Bosma wants to pigeonhole the problems with the amendment as affecting only the gay community. As an attorney, he knows that the rushed passage of the wording was a mistake and affects everyone. Weve watched growing problems in neighboring states such as Ohio and Michigan as they try to cope with unintended problems growing out of their own marriage amendments. Ohios courts, for example, have been forced to strip away domestic violence protections from their unmarried heterosexual couples due to their own 2004 amendment and I know that the Speaker is aware of this because weve given him the case law directly.

In possible acknowledgment to growing public discontent with problems in the proposed amendment, Bosma this week added to his campaign speeches a warning that altering the amendment would increase the timetable for ultimate passage. Stop The Amendment President Botich responded, Bosmas stick your head in the sand approach to pushing this measure through as-is is ludicrous. Passing this amendment as it is written now is going to get Indiana into a world of hurt. In the crafting of law, words do matter.

This amendment hurts every Hoosier no matter their orientation or political leanings, Minich declared. Attorneys from various areas of law have researched the matter exhaustively. I have a stack of printed materials thats two feet tall, quipped Minich grimly, and there are days that I daydream about lighting a match to it all hoping that all these problems disappear in a puff of smoke. Unfortunately Im not a magician; and unless Bosma can conjure us out of the mess hes trying to get Indiana into, hed better work on fixing the wording of that amendment.

Stop The Amendment, Inc. is a group of concerned Hoosiers dedicated to educating the citizens of the State of Indiana on how the proposed amendment threatens basic rights and legal protections of all Hoosiers, and to empower and motivate these citizens to take positive action against this discriminatory legislation. For more information on Stop The Amendment visit www.stoptheamendment.org .

--
Walter Botich
President

Stop The Amendment, Inc.
P.O. Box 441375
Indianapolis, IN 46244-1375

www.stoptheamendment.org
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:39 AM
Response to Original message
1. they chose their words carefully -- this isn't an accident:
The Speaker continually refers to the amendment in terms of same-sex couples, Sarris stated, but a simple reading shows that the phrase same-sex never shows up. Its the term unmarried couples that the legislature chose to use. Its pretty simple to point out that unmarried couples means anybody thats not married which in Indiana would mean mostly heterosexuals.

the religious extreme thinks about everybody's naughty bits all the time.

and they want to control those naughty bits -- including unmarried heterosexual folks.

the religious extremists know that the very best way to control a population -- is to control those naughty bits.

it's time honoured.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:09 PM
Response to Reply #1
2. This is why heteros must be made aware they are targets themselves
Edited on Sat Oct-28-06 01:10 PM by IndianaGreen
The people pushing against equal marriage rights, are the same people that are opposed to sex outside of marriage, and they don't want any recognition of relationships outside of marriage, including hetero cohabitation.

The Indiana Stop the Amendment group has been working hard to let heteros know that it is their rights that are also under attack when we allow the rightwing to deny equal rights to LGBTs.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 03:04 PM
Response to Reply #2
3. indeed.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Mon Jul 28th 2014, 01:48 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » GLBT Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC