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Indiana Senate GOP leaders punish outspoken Delph

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Friday, February 21, 2014 - 5:01 pm

INDIANAPOLIS — The top Republicans in the Indiana Senate have removed a conservative senator from leadership positions in the wake of an intraparty fight over amending the state's constitution to ban gay marriage.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long and other members of his leadership team told Sen. Mike Delph that he would lose his ranking within the GOP caucus, his seat in the Senate chamber among other Republicans and his press secretary. Delph will now sit among the Senate Democrats.

The sanctions against Delph follow more than a week of infighting over the failed effort to place the proposed amendment on the ballot this November.

Delph accused Long and others of purposely delaying a public vote, shortly before the Senate pushed off the issue until at least 2016.