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July 1, 2013

HOWEY: A fight brews back home again

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So the movement on the issue is fluid, even among Hoosier Republicans. 

It underscored a conversation I had with conservative State Sen. Brent Waltz, R-Greenwood, who vowed to vote for the amendment, but added, “We're probably on the wrong side of history.”

To me the obvious compromise here would be to accord Hoosier gay couples with domestic partnership rights. But there is great resistance to this in Republican legislative circles, leaving themselves open to charges of bigotry and exposed on the basic notion of fairness.

The other aspect is, our state's jobless rate is above 8 percent and has been for more than four years. In the fight over Right to Work a couple years ago, the mantra was we have to do whatever possible to attract jobs.

But Indiana's biggest corporations like Eli Lilly and Cummins view this amendment as an obstacle to hiring the best and brightest.

Beyond the banks of the Wabash and the new mown hay, we face so many profound and festering issues, and we're about to plunge into one of the most divisive.

— The columnist publishes at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Twitter @hwypol

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