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February 7, 2014

LETTERS FOR FEB. 7, 2014: Kubacki’s polling is flawed

Last week, District 18 Rep. David Wolkins voted to preserve the marriage amendment and send it to voters this fall. District 22 Rep. Rebecca Kubacki voted to weaken the marriage amendment and keep it off the ballot entirely.

Kubacki cited polls that only 43 percent of her district want to vote, 51 percent are against and 6 percent are undecided. However, in Wolkins’ neighboring district, numbers were 78 percent supporting a vote, 18 percent opposed and 4 percent undecided. Area Sen. Ryan Mishler’s polling mirrored Wolkins: 70 percent want to vote. Could this stark difference be explained by the polling questions?

Wolkins: “Do you support allowing Hoosiers to vote on an amendment to the constitution that would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman?”

Mishler: “Should the state constitution be amended to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman and prohibit legal recognition of any other marriage-like relationship?”

Kubacki: “Current Indiana law code IC31-11-1 states in Chapter 1: Who may marry; IC31-11-1-1 Same Sex marriage prohibited. Sec 1(a) only a female may marry a male. Only a male may marry a female. (b) A marriage between persons of the same gender is void in Indiana even if the marriage is lawful in the place where it is solemnized. Do you support or oppose amending the state constitution to define what is already law?”

Wolkins and Mishler asked clear polling questions. Kubacki asked a leading question, and relied on flawed polling to deny everyone’s marriage vote opportunity. Kubacki needs to go.

— Lynn Howie

Winona Lake

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Since 2004, the Indiana Institute for Working Families (IIWF) has been committed to promoting public policies that help Hoosier families achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency. Our efforts go toward helping the 2.45 million Hoosiers who fall below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. We are at the frontlines of policy battles that concern the rights of these people, and we work hard to represent them on all levels of government.

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