Marriage politics “much ado about nothing?”

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The marriage amendment may not be the potent political issue that some people thought.  At the very least, it won’t be a big factor in the Republican primaries in May.

One reason why the Republicans in the Indiana House of Representatives struggled with the marriage amendment was a fear by some that a vote one way or the other could earn them a primary opponent.

The filing deadline came and went at noon Friday and, it appears, not a single GOP primary challenger was motivated by the marriage debate.

(House Democrats were united in opposition to the marriage amendment while Republicans were split.)

Two key players in the marriage battle, however, will be challenged by members of their own party.

Representative Eric Turner of Cicero, the author of the proposed ban on gay marriage, is being challenged by Parvin Gillim of Sheridan, but Gillim says the marriage amendment is not the reason he decided to run.

And Representative Milo Smith of Columbus, the committee chairman who shepherded the marriage amendment to the House floor, will face Ryan Lauer of Columbus in the GOP primary.  They both support traditional marriage.

One GOP lawmaker says that long debates in the Republican caucus about political possibilities turned out to be, in his words, “much ado about nothing.”

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