Editor, Times-Union:
After campaigning on “Defense of Marriage,” Rep. Rebecca Kubacki voted not once, but twice, against the defense of marriage this week.
Rep. Kubacki is showing her true colors on traditional marriage, and giving voters a chance to judge her by her actions not her words.
For the past several months, Rep. Kubacki would not say how she would vote on the marriage amendment. However, since Kubacki had campaigned as a conservative in House District 22, I figured she would be there when it counted to defend traditional marriage. After all, Rep. Kubacki voted for this very same marriage amendment, with identical language, in 2011. How naive I was.
When HJR3, the marriage amendment, came to the House floor this week, Rep. Kubacki joined in the successful effort to strip the second sentence out of the amendment. This action by Kubacki and others had two effects on the marriage amendment.
First, the House action will deny Hoosiers a chance to vote on the marriage amendment in this fall's election. The House action would start the clock all over again on this proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution.
Second, the Kubacki-supported House action of removing the second sentence from HJR3 invites future legislatures to make provision for domestic partnerships and civil unions right here in Indiana. This does not seem like a defense of marriage.
Then, after Rep. Kubacki had already done this terrible damage to HJR3, she still turned around and voted against the weakened, final measure. That makes two votes against traditional marriage.
Without a strong marriage amendment in the Indiana Constitution, Hoosiers will also be vulnerable to lawsuits to force gay marriage upon the state, as has already happened in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Utah.
For someone who campaigned on “Defense of Marriage," Rep. Kubacki has a very peculiar way of showing it, indeed!
Anne Bonewitz
Warsaw, via e-mail