Tuesday, February 19, 2008

One Man's Constitution

Representative Scott Pelath, a Democrat from Michigan City, has taken it upon himself to single handidly kill the marriage amendment bill in the Indiana House. Mr. Pelath is the chair of the powerful House Rules Committee and decides which bills get to be heard on the floor. He is not a big fan of this one, so it will collect dust on his desk rather than standing for an up or down vote so Hoosiers can decide the fate of it. He claims that the State Constitution should only be amended when absolutley necessary and I could not agree more. This is one of those times. The Constitution does not belong to you - it belongs to the people of this state. The right thing to do is release the bill while there is still time to debate it, put it on the November ballot, then let the voters speak on whether they percieve it as important. Anything less is irresponsible and reaks of partisan politics of the worst kind. Please contact Mr. Pelath as well as your own reresentatives to voice your displeasure on this back room filibuster. His contact information is as follows - phone 1-800-382-9842. e-mail h9@in.gov. There is still time to get this done. If we fail to get a vote on this in this session, 2012 is the earliest it can be on a ballot.