National Organization for Marriage claims that they will not pursue legal options to get an Indiana “marriage amendment” on the ballot this year. In a press release they say that they will hold legislators accountable and shoot for 2015.
On Monday, the Indiana legislature approved a constitutional amendmentthat would ban on gay marriage. Ordinarily that would be viewed as a defeat for equality. However, the legislature made a change to the wording of the bill. The change prevents the bill from going to voters this year. Under state law, the earliest that the bill could be on the ballot would now be 2016.
National Organization for Marriage made some noises about legal actions to get the measure on the ballot this year in spite of what amounted to an intentional legislative failure (Republicans seem to have sabotaged their own bill at the behest of the Chamber of Commerce). Exactly how they were going to do that, remains unknown. Now they are saying, without details, that they are going to get the measure on the ballot in 2015.
To do so they would seemingly need a constitutional amendment to revise the constitutional amendment law.
But this is NOM that we are speaking of. Nothing need make sense. It’s smoke blown from asses.
Washington, D.C. — The following statement may be attributed to Brian S. Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM):
“After reviewing all legal options, the National Organization for Marriage has decided not to bring litigation seeking to allow voters to have the right to vote on the marriage amendment in 2014. While we believe a strong legal case can be made that the amendment could appear on the ballot this year, we think that the time and expense of such an effort would be better devoted to holding legislators accountable for their votes, and to preparing to elect a strong pro-amendment Legislature to pass the pending amendment in 2015. Accordingly, we will be working with our allies in the state to impact elections this year, beginning with the upcoming May primary races. We look forward to continuing to educate Hoosiers about the importance of the unique nature of marriage as society’s only institution that brings men and women together for the benefit of the couple and any children born of their union.”
Meanwhile we will continue to educate Indiana citizens about the importance of marriage equality as we pursue our legal options.