Gov. Pence wants sentence back in marriage amendment

Gov. Mike Pence. (WISH Photo)
Gov. Mike Pence. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Governor Mike Pence wants the marriage amendment returned to its original form.

In a one-on-one interview, Pence made his first public comments Friday on changes made in the Indiana House of Representatives.

The marriage amendment is an issue that Mike Pence would like to get past.

“I just think this is an issue that we would all do well to resolve once and for all this year,” he said.

But that’s a loaded statement.

Opponents of the marriage amendment cheered and celebrated earlier this week not only because the House of Representatives voted to remove the second sentence, the one that would outlaw civil unions, but also because any change will delay a referendum from this November to 2016, at the earliest.

That means the governor’s position calls for the second sentence to be placed back in the amendment.

“Let me say I support traditional marriage,” said Pence, “and I expressed support for the resolution that the legislature passed during the last session and considered at the outset of this session.”

The governor has spoken out on this issue before including in the State of the State Address where he also urged quick action.

But now the governor says he’s going to leave the debate to members of the General Assembly.

“I’m gonna refrain from commenting on this referendum during the legislative process,” he said.

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