February 16, 2011
By Adam Bink
Didn’t get to this yesterday, but you’ve probably all heard the news that after years of staving it off, the Indiana House passed an anti-equality marriage discrimination constitutional amendment. The vote wasn’t surprising as the votes were there, but as native Hoosier Bil Browning reports, the news that the former House Speaker and now Minority Leader Pat Bauer- a longtime ally in beating back the amendment who was given an award by the Indiana ACLU- voted for the bill is stunning. He reports that it was because the Republicans threatened to redistrict him out of existence.
The vote was 70-26, so I’m guessing folks like Bauer thought if it was going to pass overwhelmingly, they might as well not be in the small minority. But as Bil says, it does make you wonder whether he’ll return that award. And where the political courage has gone.