"I just think that the only way for (Republicans) not to (continue to) demagogue it is to have a redundancy. It's too bad it has to go in the constitution, but so be it," Bauer said. "It's not worth the time, the trouble, to point out that it's not a problem (in Indiana), so it's better just to have the vote and see how it goes."SJR-7, which also denies the recognition of any legal incidents of marriage to any unmarried couple, passed the House and Senate by overwhelming margins in 2005. Because a significant number of House Democrats also support the gay marriage amendment, Bauer's promise to allow a vote on it means that it will in all likelihood pass both the Senate and the House and be presented to the voters for consideration during the 2008 general election.
Bauer's announcement is a major blow to gay rights organizations and supporters throughout Indiana. Bauer's refusal to call down the controversial amendment when he last served as Speaker during the 2003-04 legislative session stopped it from making the ballot this election year. Gay rights organizations have been assuring gay voters that a Democratic-controlled House would effectively kill the amendment. Bauer's announcement will come as a major disappointment and setback for gay rights advocates. Some may wonder why Bauer would dissolution gay voters on the eve of a critical election by making this announcement. Most political pundits were already predicting a Democratic takeover of the Indiana House before Bauer made this announcement. The fallout from the Foley page scandal in Washington has only increased the chances of a Democratic majority.