GOP challenger Nisly calls out Rep. Kubacki on no vote on HJR 3

Challenger says Indiana House incumbent's no vote was 'very unfortunate.'

Posted on Jan. 29, 2014 at 7:18 p.m.

WARSAW — Curt Nisly, Republican challenger for the District 22 Indiana House seat, called out Rep. Rebecca Kubacki for voting against House Joint Resolution 3.

Nisly, from the Goshen area, called it "very unfortunate" that Kubacki, elected to the District 22 post in 2010, voted against the measure, which calls for a ban on same-sex marriage in Indiana. Kubacki, a Republican from Syracuse, had voted in favor of a similar measure in 2011.

"Our campaign firmly believes constituents in District 22 deserve the right to vote on marriage," Nisly said in a statement Wednesday, Jan. 29. "This decision belongs in the hands of Hoosiers."

In a 57-40 vote Tuesday, the Indiana House approved a revised version of HJR 3, which calls for amending the Indiana Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, effectively ruling out gay marriage. Kubacki voted against the measure, noting that Indiana law already defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

“I cannot support changing our Constitution for something that is already law,” she said in an e-mail Tuesday. HJR 3, she continued, “is unnecessary and undermines the importance of preserving and protecting our Constitution."

Folowing House approval, HJR 3 now goes to the Indiana Senate for consideration. If it's approved and lawmakers approve a parallel measure in 2015 or 2016, the marriage question would be put to Indiana voters for final consideration as a ballot question in November 2016.

Follow reporter Tim Vandenack on Twitter at @timvandenack.


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