Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Miller The Hypocrite Attacks Lawmakers For Vote Against SJR-7

The twice married and childless Grand Dragon of Moral Righteousness Eric Miller lashed out at Democratic lawmakers who voted yesterday against SJR-7. "This vote was a vote against marriage," Miller, founder of Advance America, a conservative group and lead supporter of the amendment told the Star's Bill Ruthhart. "Every single one of the representatives that voted no voted for same-sex marriages in the state of Indiana."

Miller saved his harshest criticsm, however, for House Speaker Pat Bauer, who he accused of breaking his promise to allow the House to vote on the amendment and orchestrating the amendment's defeat. "Speaker Bauer orchestrated this today, because he knew if all 100 representatives voted on it, the vast majority would have supported it just as they did in 2005," Miller said. "The defeat today of this amendment lies squarely at the feet of Speaker Bauer."
Bauer disputes that assertion, noting he allowed the legislative process to run its course and faulting the proponents for refusing to amend a flawed amendment. "If they really wanted to ban gay marriage in the constitution, I think that would have flown through," Bauer said. "But they went too far when they put in that second section and its uncertainty." "Why put uncertainty in the constitution when you can fix it? They refused to fix it."

Let's be clear on one point. A vote against SJR-7 does not translate into a vote for same-sex marriage as Miller falsely claims. Same-sex marriages are still against the law today in Indiana just like they were yesterday before the vote on SJR-7. The proponents were clearly afforded the opportunity to limit the reach of their amendment to a simple definition of marriage, but they insisted on their flawed language, because as we now know, they really want to do more than deny same-sex couples the right to marry. And Miller has a lot of nerve accusing legislators who took their wedding vows seriously--til death do we part--as voting against marriage. Both he and SJR-7's author, Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Wheatfield) are divorced and married for the second time. As it always seems to be with these fundies, do as I say and not as I do.

While Miller says he hasn't given up on an effort to revive the amendment yet this session, but Rep. Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City), chairman of the Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee has declared it dead for the session. The amendment has another shot at making the ballot in 2008 when lawmakers return for their 2008 session. If it is approved by both houses next year in its current form, it will definitely be on the ballot. Debate remains over whether an amended version of the amendment, such as minus the second paragraph, could be submitted to voters in 2008, or whether the process would restart, requiring a subsequent General Assembly to approve the amendment.

Sen. Hershman acknowledged to the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette's Niki Kelly that he was caught off guard by yesterday's vote in the House. “For all intent and purpose, they just killed the amendment,” said Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Monticello – the author of the Senate Joint Resolution 7. “I had no idea it was going to happen. “I won’t speak to the motive of any legislators. Obviously, I disagree with this outcome, but ultimately this will be between the legislators and their constituents.”

9 comments:

Don Sherfick said...

Pat Bauer's comment that Senator Hershman and the other sponsors/authors of SJR-7 had a chance to fix the amendment but didn't seems to mean that he's well aware of (1) Hershman's failure to heed the words of Judge Robert Bork that the language was "poorly drafted", and (2) that in 2005 there were clarifying amendment offered in the General Assembly but rejected also. We need to make sure that these facts are kept in the legislative and public light.

Anonymous said...

I am particularly amused that this caught Hershman, Miller, and BozCrew off guard. Nothing like showing them the door.

NOW, gird your loins for 2008, cause you ain't seen nothing yet.

MeganElise said...

The problem with ignorant idiots like yourself is this, you like to attack peoples beliefs yet I have nto seen how you can back up your own with reasonable and liable FACTS. You have compared Eric Miller and his organization to the KKK and I am here to say that I AM A REPUBLICAN AND WHAT U CALL A "FAR RIGHT" FOLLOWER, GAY RIGHTS IS WRONG ITS DISGUSTING AND SINFUL!!!! YOU NEED TO STOP COMPARING PEOPLE TO SOMETHING THAT IS SO VULGAR. Please understand that we have as much freedom as you do, but we have one thing not in common with you... we don't advocate sin.

Kevin F said...

La'Share honey, is that you?

Jeff Newman said...

I went to lil' Miss Megan's blog, it appears she's a two-fer-one special, a homophobe AND a racist:

But in reality, I have absolutly nothing against black ppl, until they shove how they're treated wrong, and how they should have more rights in my face....THEN I BECOME PISSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I dunno sometimes I just think some people excercise thier right to speech TOO MUCH!

Dear Megan, would it be rude or sinful of me to tell you to kiss my fag ass?

Wilson46201 said...

From the writing style, lil Miss MeganElise has been posting copiously on the Star Talkback section using the fake name of GODLY - she is just as wildly out of control there as here - the poor child needs to spend more time in prayer and less time abusing others on the Internet! She has a personality only Jesus could love and He's going wobbly on her...

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm.... I don't know who 'Miss Megan" is, but......

Jeff: I think telling her to kiss your ass is too good for her.

Wilson: I think she should do less praying and take that time to practice some pleasurable self-abuse rather than abusing others and praying more. Maybe then she could achieve some measure of pleasure in what seems a pathetic life.

No matter what she does, though, I'm not at all sure Jesus would love her quite frankly.

Anonymous said...

Megan Elise Elmore,

Did you learn that hatred at Baptist Academy?

Anonymous said...

Megan Elise Elmore is REALLY Eric Miller. Who else could be so hateful???