I Leave Town for a Week and….
…you were thinking I was going to say “and all heck breaks loose” or “nothing really happens”. Well, I guess one might think it’s a combination of both.
But the one thing that caught my eye wasn’t what happened in Indiana, but what happened in California. As you probably have heard by now (and if you haven’t, where the heck have you been?!) the California Supreme Court struck down their voter approved state gay marriage ban.
Plenty of people have reason to be upset about this and for different reasons. But I’m going to tell you why I am.
(Read more after the leap)
It’s one thing to call the California Supreme Court a bunch of activist judges. I want to, but I feel what they did wasn’t so much activism as it was obstructionism. The California Supreme Court just flipped the middle finger to millions of people who voted for and were able to pass the ban on same-sex marriage.
Now most of you who have been reading this blog since the beginning (or at least since the beginning of this years General Assembly) know that I believe marriage to be between one man and one woman, but believe that it is an institution of the church and that the state should stay out of marriage completely. But what grinds my gears more than anything with the California ruling, is that the court overturned what the people of California had voted on, approved and upheld. That bothers me. It would bother me even if it wasn’t the state’s ban on gay marriage that was overturned.
So how is this going to play out in Indiana? It certainly has the supporters of traditional marriage energized. And with Governor Daniels on thin ice with social conservatives, does this breathe life into gay marriage amendment in Indiana with a special session? That’s not even close to likely. But I guarantee you, the ban will return with a vengence in next year’s General Assembly. It will be an election issue this year (possibly in the governors race) and Republicans could ride that wave to recapturing the Indiana House (if they were smart).
What’s really interesting for Indiana political junkies, is that what happened in California last week just added a new, but familiar flavor, to election year politics here in Indiana.
(Here’s a Wall Street Journal blog post about the national ramifications of the California decision. Very interesting.)