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Bosma lays HJR3 blame on Huntington lawmaker

While House Speaker Brian Bosma is taking heat for shifting the controversial gay marriage ban to a new committee for salvage, he is solely blaming another member – Rep. Dan Leonard, R-Huntington -- for the predicament.

Leonard was one of 9 Republicans on the Indiana House Judiciary Committee where the proposed constitutional amendment was assigned.

The Democrats on the committee were four known "no's" on the measure. That meant if three Republicans opposed it, the amendment would be defeated.

One GOP member made his opposition clear but two others were publicly undecided.

Leonard specifically refused to tell the chairman – or Bosma – how he would vote in advance. That meant Bosma couldn't be sure if it would pass or be defeated.

"My goal has from the start been to have this come to the floor because as I've said I don't think one person should be making this decision on behalf of all 100 members and that's what we were down to in the Judiciary committee. One person making the decision and taking away the opportunity for every member here to cast their vote, whether it's yes or no."

Reporters pointed out a defeat would have meant seven people voted against it – not one.

"I'm just telling you what my impression was when one person was not going to say what their vote was until it was cast and that's why the chairman asked me to move the bill. He didn't feel confident that he knew what was going to happen in committee," Bosma said.

"Hiding behind others, sending the bill down the tubes -- which a lot would like to have here -- I don't think is the right thing for Hoosiers."

To contact Niki Kelly email her at nkelly@jg.net or follow her on Twitter @nkellyatJG.

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