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February 11, 2013

HAYDEN: Pence backs off on same-sex marriage ban amendment

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INDIANAPOLIS —

They argued that such a vote would send a strong message to the Supreme Court justices and affect their decision.  

That’s an argument that Long and Bosma, both self-proclaimed supporters of the amendment, discounted as “not credible.” 

Pence may believe, as Long and Bosma reasoned, that waiting another year wouldn’t matter. If the court clears the way, the Indiana General Assembly could vote on the amendment in 2014 — and as required by Indiana law — put the question to voters on the November 2014 ballot.

For now, Pence has set aside his past role as advocate for the social conservative causes, and is trying to remake his image. 

He’s sticking with the script he rolled out during the campaign: talking about his tax cut proposal and his jobs- and education-focused “Roadmap for Indiana.” He’s resisted veering off that roadmap, despite efforts by reporters to draw him out on other issues. 

During an informal meeting with Statehouse reporters last week, Pence made clear he won’t be weighing in any time soon on a number of issues: There’s a broad range of legislation he “won’t have anything to say about”, he said, until it reaches his desk, for the required signature to become law — or the veto to kill it.  

 

— Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com 

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