INDIANAPOLIS—Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) released the following statement regarding the decision made by Republican leadership to re-commit House-Joint Resolution 3, the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, to the House Elections Committee.

“Instead of letting hours of testimony and the democratic process play out, the Speaker of the House has decided to start the clock over.

“Sometimes the legislative process does not garner the expected result, but that does not mean one gets to change the rules in the middle of the game.

“This kind of legislative maneuvering has no place here. With each new political ploy leadership decides to enact, the flaws of the legislation at hand become more glaring.

“The legislative process is meant to serve as a means to vet proposals and iron out confusion. Instead, we are now seeing HJR-3 being jockeyed through bizarre legislative tactics that only serve to the advantage of those that are adamant to see this discriminatory proposal pass.

“Those who spent hours testifying before the House Judiciary Committee will now have to take additional leave from their workplaces and daily routines to plead their case before an entirely new committee.

“This is a disservice to those who have taken time to be a part of the democratic process and continues to prevent us from focusing on the real issues that Hoosier families expect us to address.”

Sen. Lanane represents Indiana Senate District 25 includes the portions of Madison and Delaware counties, including the City of Muncie and the southeastern portion of the City of Anderson. For more information on Sen. Lanane, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/S25 .

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