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Bosma revives HJR3

INDIANAPOLIS – House Speaker Brian Bosma rescued the gay marriage amendment Tuesday by moving it to a friendlier committee.

He said he struggled with the decision over the weekend but had heard from a majority of the House Republican caucus – for and against the measure – that they wanted to vote on the bill on the House floor.

“This seemed like the best way to do it – the least intrusive and most respectful of the process,” Bosma said.

He moved House Joint Resolution 3 – the proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and civil unions – and a companion bill to the House Elections Committee.

“It has a likelihood of making it to the floor with this route,” Bosma said.

The House Judiciary Committee heard the bill last week but stalled when several Republican members were publicly undecided, and would not confirm which way they would vote to leadership.

One of those members was Rep. Dan Leonard, R-Huntington.

Bosma made a veiled reference to shadiness regarding the Judiciary Committee but would not embellish.

“I’m actually more concerned about the path by which the bill appeared to be being questionable in committee. It was a hard left turn that came kind of out of the blue,” he said. “I decided this was the right course to protect the institution.”

nkelly@jg.net

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