Bosma may be willfully ignoring the fact that HJR-6 has already ignited a family feud within the GOP family in Indiana. As political columnist Brian Howey of Howey Politics Indiana has been reporting, there is a deep divide in the majority House and Senate caucuses over the issue and a distinct majority of the Indiana Republican Central Committee that opposes HJR-6.
Many of the GOP opponents to HJR-6 in the Legislature have opted to refrain from voicing their opposition publicly, preferring to keep the fight within the privacy of the family.
Two who haven’t have already been targeted by supporters of HJR-6, which include the American Family Association of Indiana, which bills itself as the “state’s premiere decency organization.”
A recent full-page ad that ran in the Shelbyville News invoked Old Testament references in its shot against GOP State Rep. Sean Eberhart, an HJR-6 opponent.
Another ad in the New Albany/Jeffersonville News and Tribune was aimed at GOP Rep. Ed Clere. The ad, featuring an upside-down Republican elephant logo, questions Clere’s loyalty to the Republican Party’s national platform that includes opposition to same-sex marriage.
The ad fails to mention that the Indiana Republican Party, aware from their own polling of the rapidly evolving public opinion on marriage equality, dropped its longstanding opposition to same-sex marriage last year.
Clere has said he opposes HJR-6 because “the proposed amendment helps no one but hurts many.”
Anyone who’s ever been immersed in a family feud can relate to that sentiment.
Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana, which includes The Goshen News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org