Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Opinion

March 18, 2014

Letter to the editor

Ziemke out of tune with constituents

Dear Editor,

In The Herald-Tribune article “Legislators reveal their thoughts on HJR-3” Feb. 21, our legislators revealed the reasoning for their votes on HJR-3, which would have amended the state Constitution to define marriage as only between one man and one woman. Senators Leising and Nugent as well as Representatives Frye and McMillin voted yes, and only Representative Ziemke voted no.

Why did Rep. Cindy Ziemke vote no on HJR-3 despite overwhelming support for the amendment among southeastern Indiana Hoosiers and support statewide? In opposing HJR-3, she denied her constituents their vote. Why did she deny her constituents the right to decide on the importance of the definition of marriage? On the importance of the definition of marriage, Ms. Ziemke is out of tune with Hoosiers.

Sen. Jean Leising commented, “Seventy-five percent of respondents wanted me to vote for it.”

Sen. Johnny Nugent reported “about 75 percent of people from my district believe marriage should be one man and one woman.” Rep. Randy Frye remarked, “Eighty-eight percent of my constituents wanted this opportunity to vote on it.” According to the Indiana Family Institute, support for HJR-3 was solid statewide.

With such overwhelming support from all the other legislators interviewed by The Herald Tribune, one has to wonder just how much she values the opinions of Hoosiers and where Ziemke’s attention was focused – apparently not on her constituents from southeastern Indiana.

As Rep. Jud McMillin said, HJR-3 was an issue that everyone in Indiana should have had an opportunity to vote on. Regrettably, Representative Ziemke’s constituents will be deprived of this opportunity as well as Hoosiers statewide.

John Whitehair,

Batesville

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