Delph defends comments on same-sex marriage

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Indiana Sen. Mike Delph (R) is defending comments he made on Twitter last week about same-sex marriage. He's vowing to continue his fight for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana despite last week's setback.

Delph refused to speak on camera after engaging in a war of words with Twitter followers last week. But on Monday, he held a news conference to discuss his stance on the issue.

At the Indiana Statehouse Monday, Delph said he has worked for Christian values for eight years in the state Senate, and that he took an oath to uphold constitutional laws. He also referenced polls that show Hoosiers would support the "definition of marriage" amendment – which would essentially ban gay marriage in the state.

Last week, the Senate did not opt to reinsert a second line in the original amendment, meaning it will not go before voters this November.

Delph argued Monday that the votes were there to restore the second sentence, which would also have affected civil unions. He called for a second read – a rare move - so the bill can be amended, but if that doesn't happen, Delph says he'll vote no.

Sen. Delph blamed Sen. David Long and others for the failure of the amendment, known as HJR3. He said Republicans will discuss his idea in caucus.

When a reporter asked Delph if he'd been drinking or doing drugs while tweeting last week, Delph responded, "That's an asinine question."

Last week, Delph sent this statement to WTHR:

"I love my nation, state, country, and fellow man.  But I see identity politics and entitlement not to mention evil marching us down to Roman ruin.  It's time for God fearing Patriots to stand up and fight for our culture and our traditional Judeo-Christian values.  It's also time for conservatives to hold its squishy Republican leaders accountable to the intentional deceit as told by a sympathetic and hostile liberal news media."

The Senate passed the diluted version of the amendment 32-17, meaning it won't go before voters until 2016 at the earliest.