Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Another Misleading Headline Intended To Give Indiana A Black Eye
The headline in the Northwest Indiana Times reads, "Legislature Rejects Civil Rights Protections For Gays." The story is in reference to an amendment offered by State Rep. Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis) to a public health measure regarding Medicaid coverage for prison inmates. DeLaney's amendment would have added "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as protected classes under the state's civil rights law. The House of Representatives never took a vote on the substance of DeLaney's amendment. The Speaker of the House ruled the amendment out of order because it did not pertain to the subject matter of the underlying bill. The only vote taken by the House was a procedural vote on a motion made by Delaney to discard a long-standing House rule based on the Indiana Constitution's single subject requirement for legislation. The House sustained the Speaker's ruling on a party-line vote. You can't always believe the headlines.