Group decides against HJR-3 legal action

INDIANAPOLIS - A national group that promotes traditional marriage has decided against taking legal action to force HJR-3 on the Indiana ballot in November 2014.

Brian S. Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, said the group will use its resources elsewhere.

"While we believe a strong legal case can be made that the amendment could appear on the ballot this year, we think that the time and expense of such an effort would be better devoted to holding legislators accountable for their votes, and to preparing to elect a strong pro-amendment Legislature to pass the pending amendment in 2015," Brown said in a statement Friday.

HJR-3 came to a halt on Monday, when the Senate did not return the bill its original status, in which it would impact civil unions.

RTV6 reported Wednesday that a NOM representative met with House Speaker Brian Bosma that day at the urging of a lawmaker.

A spokesperson for the Speaker described the meeting as brief and added that the Speaker had in the past met with other groups with an interest on HJR-3.

"We are building a coalition of the willing and looking for legislators who are willing to join in this task," Chris Plante, regional director of NOM, told RTV6 Wednesday.

 

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