Now on the subject of marriage, we are in the midst of the debate over whether Indiana should join some 30 other states that have enshrined the definition of marriage in their state constitutions. Each of us has our own perspective on the matter. For my part, I believe in traditional marriage, and I have long held the view that the people, rather than unelected judges, should decide matters of such great consequence to the society. Reasonable people can differ, and there are good people on both sides of this debate. No one, on either side, deserves to be disparaged or maligned because of who they are or what they believe.
So let’s have a debate worthy of our people with civility and respect.
Let’s protect the rights of Hoosier employers to hire who they want and provide them with benefits that they earn.
And let’s resolve this issue this year once and for all.Jon correctly notes that the Governor does not play any role in constitutional amendments. But Jon's position that the Governor should remain silent on the biggest issue of the day is surprising. While I don't doubt Jon's sincerity, I think there are numerous people in his camp who would be sharply critical of the Governor if he didn't say anything about the debate.
What the Governor said in his State of the State speech was magnanimous and points out that there are reasonable people on both sides of the debate. Pence merely said that respect and civility should govern the debate. I couldn't agree more. While I think the same sex marriage advocates have the stronger argument and are clearly winning the political battle, I am troubled by the language some of those advocates toss out at those on the other side. There are many opponents of same sex marriage who aren't motivated by hatred of homosexuality, but because they strongly believe in the institution of marriage and think it will be damaged if same sex marriages are allowed. Instead of denigrating those folks with personal insults, wouldn't it be better to work to persuade opponents that advocates too believe in the importance of marriage and simply want more people to be able to participate in the cherished institution?
Jon is right on one point. The Governor is wrong when he suggests the issue can be resolved this year. The political battle will rage on for years, if not decades. The amendment would actually prolong that political battle.