Sen. Delph wants last-ditch edit to gay-marriage amendment

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Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, said Monday that he wants to use a procedural move to try to put a ban on civil unions back into a state constitutional amendment against gay marriage—although he’s not sure the votes are there to approve it.

In a press conference in the Statehouse rotunda Monday morning, Delph said he will vote against the measure if he’s not successful in restoring the original language to the proposed amendment, which included a ban on civil unions.

Without the language on civil unions, Delph said, the proposal does little if anything to legally protect traditional marriage.

“This is my preferred way to bring closure to this entire matter,” Delph said. “Done in November 2014. Once and for all.”

Delph’s comments come four days after the Senate moved the constitutional amendment through its second reading amendment stage without the civil unions ban. The move is expected to delay any public vote on the amendment at least until 2016.

Delph had planned to offer a proposal last week to add the civil unions ban back into the amendment, but he said the Republican caucus decided against the move. Also, Delph acknowledged he didn’t have the votes to make it happen.

Later on Thursday and into the weekend, Delph sent hundreds of messages on Twitter, criticizing the evangelical community for failing to adequately support the constitutional amendment and defending his family against his opponents.

On Monday, he lashed out against Senate President Pro Tem David Long, saying that the Republican leader had promised the measure would go to the ballot for a vote this year. Instead, Delph said, Long made decisions that effectively delayed a public vote on the marriage amendment until at least 2016.

The General Assembly approved the amendment in 2011 with the civil unions ban in tact. It had to be approved again this year to go on the ballot this November.

But the House this year stripped the civil unions ban out of the amendment. If that version is approved by the Senate on Monday, the amendment process will restart.
That means the new version would need to be approved by the General Assembly again in 2015 or 2016 to go on the ballot for ratification.


  • Jim F - don't think so
    Jim F. - you can quit the Carmel stereotypes any time now. Yes, lots of white folks. Lots of diversity, too. I'm not going to spell it out, however, so you can look up the other races represented in Carmel on your own. And right-wing? No. Not anymore. Lots of Republicans, yes, but plenty of Carmel residents may know how to manage their money but also care about social equality and rights, not to mention giving of their time and finances.
  • Goofy Delph Is Just One of Many
    Unfortunately, Delph does represent the views of many Republicans. He is simply getting some visibility for his goofy legislative antics. Note that none of his fellow Republican Senators have called him out for his comments and actions. Many commenters have noted that they did not expect this from someone representing Carmel--really? Carmel is a generally white, right-wing, Republican voting block--just look at the statistics. You will rarely find a Democrat running and being elected in the Carmel area. The only competition is in the primary. Take a look at Scott Schneider, another Republican representing the north side. Schneider is single handedly changing education policy via his committee while his Republican brethren say nothing. The real problem is that the Indiana voters are asleep at the wheel while these goofball Senators bring dysfunction to the Senate and policy making.
    • It's lonely out there
      Rick is all by himself today, and even he is calling out Delph...don't be too hard on Mr. Delph...now the rest of Indiana knows his brother Steve is gay (guess who's coming to dinner?), and babysat his kids, and Mike is so sure he's right that he would marginalize his own brother (and his brother still says he's a great guy, he's just wrong on the gay marriage issue)...seriously, this man has wasted all of his legislative time on this issue and trying to overturn class basketball...would all of the evolved people in his district (the one's who didn't magically appear in a puff of smoke 6,000 years ago) please vote to send his arrogant, condescending butt home...and thanks...
    • Just another example
      Don't be too dismissive of Delph, especially after reading his Twitter tirade. We always need someone like this D.C. Stephenson-lite persona to keep reminding us of what Indiana has historically considered as "leadership". Just remember, he represents communities of people in Hamilton, Boone, and Marion counties. If the people of these communities truly believe that Mr. Delph represents them, they will re-elect him. "Honest-to-Goodness Indiana".
    • What a Maroon
      I anxiously await Mr. Delph's upcoming biblically-based legislative proposals outlawing the consumption of shellfish and legalizing the sale of daughters into slavery.
    • Not to worry
      Not to worry. This ignorant embarrassment to Indiana is in my District and his Democrat opponent is going to get a lot of Republican support (time, money and votes) this Nov from myself and my neighbors. How we elect individuals (Delph and Burton) that even other Indiana Republicans can't stand is amazing. When I seek moral guidance it won't be from a failure like Delph.
    • Nothing new
      This is the Mike Delph I've known about for years. Shortly after he was first elected, I e-mailed him concerning an issue. His reply was dismissive and condescending - he was right, I was wrong, and that's all there was to it - and, of course, he referenced his religion. How is someone like this elected in the first place - and then re-elected? Stop voting straight party lines (so to speak). Learn about the issues. Learn about the candidates. Become an informed voter!
    • Why can't Delph realize the GOP is trying to back out gracefully?
      The GOP right-wingers finally realize that this whole gay marriage ban in our state constitution is a dead issue and they are trying to back down and out slowly without loosing too much face. Sen. Delph might be honestly thinking he is pushing a good issue, but he is not and he is going to loose every friend and constituent he ever had. He is acting out as if he has gone to la-la land. Maybe he really has!
    • Carmel
      How in the world does a place like Carmel elect this lunatic over and over and over again? Carmel needs to be nationally shamed over this by the national media. How can you be one of the top places to live in the country and also elect this man to represent you???
    • What century does this man live in?
      This is the 21st cetury -the precious "traditional" marriage is not at risk - never has been and never will be - saying they want to protect the traditional marriage is just saying "I don't like gay people". Everyone deserves loves and companionship and the rights that come with a civil union. I am married in a traditional sense and go to church in the traditional sense and although I don't thump the bible I believe that God loves everyone and would want a couple in a same sex marriage to be part of all the wonderful benefits we humans have on this earth.
    • Delph Calls Consituents Foes
      Besides blanket labeling HJR-3 opponents as liberal whackos, Delph has also been quoted as referring to many of his constituents as "foes" rather than as constituents. Referring to dissenting constituents as foes and liberal whackos is an offense to his office and the people he is supposed to serve. HIs and other legislators' efforts to dictate religion through legislation also dishonors the role of government. Be ready for backlash!
    • Delph Tantrum
      Please remember due to Indiana gerrymandering, Sen. Delph does NOT just represent Carmel, but Zionsville and northwest Indianapolis. That is MY district, he is MY representative in state senate, and I will not tolerate nor support this childish behavior. Sen. Delph, you are an embarrassment to even partisan politics. We will have words.
    • Sad little man
      Maybe all Republicans can vote "No" on this bill and it can die today. That would give him his wish for settling things in 2014? What else would one expect from a lawyer who failed the Indiana Bar Exam and knows he doesn't have the votes besides a tantrum. Mike Delph is an embarrasment to a once-proud party.
    • Reprimand
      Mr. Delph is regulated by Indiana's legislative ethics laws and, as an attorney, is regulated by the Rules of Professional Conduct. Mr. Delph's comments are worthy of reprimand. He repeatedly called individuals "liberal whackos" and accused the local media of anti-Christian bias. His conduct is unbecoming of an individual in his position. Our legislators and members of our legal community can be held accountable for unprofessional and uncivil behavior. Let's make it happen. Forget about his position on HJR 3 and only think about his behavior. Should we condone such behavior from a state senator and member of the bar?
      • Image?
        I always thought Carmel was the promised land. So Carmel elected this right wing radical...hum.
      • Promised ?
        "He was promised..." ? Is this a grown man or a child on the playground. No politician can promise anything, because the vagrancies of politics and issues change. How childish of him to rant and rave because he thinks he didn't receive the benfits of some promise.
      • Sen. Mauer?
        That editorial sure reads like a declaration of candidacy. Mauer would be a whole lot better than the representation Carmel has now.
      • No, rick
        Delph's cowardice was in putting forth this amendment at all. Throughout human history, forced state religion has been a tool of the small-minded and fearful.
      • Insanity
        The title says it all
      • better than nothing
        I'm afraid it's too little too late for Delph, but at least he's not giving in. His cowardice on Friday in not standing up to Long was an embarrassment. If he had stood up to the playground bullies last week, we would be reading a different article today. Send HJR3 to the citizens in 2014.
      • This?
        This was the "big announcement"?! He spent all weekend ranting and raving like a child being told "no" in the candy aisle and it was all for this? If I ever have a chance to publicly blow up my career, it will be for a way worthier cause or at least with a much better publicity stunt.
      • this is not a true republican.
        Mike delph needs to go. He is an embarassment to the mainstream Republicans. Richard lugar should run against him.

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