Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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February 21, 2014

Legislators reveal their thoughts on HJR-3


“I received a great deal of correspondence from those in my district and all over the state. I try to read all ... (of this) so I can get a handle on what they’re thinking. About 75 percent of people from my district believe marriage should be one man and one woman.”

In the Indiana House, the resolution passed 57-40.

District 67 Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) said, “In 2011, I voted for the marriage amendment .... I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman and voted accordingly again this year.

“According to the results of my 2014 pre-session constituent survey, 88 percent of my constituents wanted this opportunity to vote on it. Ultimately, this decision should rest with the citizens of Indiana.”

District 55 Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville), who voted no, stressed, “I had difficulty with the language of the bill and did not think it was the right move for Indiana. It should not be easy to change our Constitution, especially when it has the potential to damage our state’s economy and reputation. Indiana is one of the best places in the Midwest, not only to do business but also to live, and I hope we continue to attract the best and brightest in order to continue fostering the growth and development of our great state.

“My vote was the accumulation of much careful thought and consideration. I value all the opinions and comments from my district and took them into account, along with the testimony of those who spoke to the House and information gathered over the interim.”

District 68 Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) voted yes because “I thought this was an issue that everyone in Indiana should have an opportunity to vote on.” He said most of the constituents he heard from agreed.

Diane Raver can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.

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