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Ind. House approves amended version of proposed same-sex marriage ban

Senate approval could 'restart the clock,' pushing a public vote back two years to 2016
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
AJ Mast, APIndiana state Rep. Eric Turner speaks during debate on a proposed amendment to the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage in the House of Representatives at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.

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Indiana state Rep. Eric Turner speaks during debate on a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage in the House of Representatives at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana House has voted in favor of an altered proposal that would ban same-sex marriage in the state constitution, while leaving the door open for civil unions and employee benefits for same-sex couples.

The House narrowly voted 57-40 Tuesday in favor of the measure. The proposed ban now heads to the Indiana Senate, where members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are set to take up the issue.

“The future of marriage belongs in the hands of Hoosier voters; not judges, not the media, not activists, not lobbyists,” said Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, and the author of proposed ban.

On Monday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers narrowly approved altering the proposed constitutional ban to remove language that would ban recognition of civil unions or anything “similar” to marriage for same-sex couples.

That section of the amendment had become a sticking point for many legislators who otherwise support the ban.

The vote followed weeks of uncertainty for a measure that swept through the General Assembly with ease just three years ago.

House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, took the unusual step last week of moving the measure to a more conservative House committee after it became apparent the measure might not pass the committee.

But he washed his hands of the measure Monday night, shortly after members of his own caucus joined with House Democrats to change it.

Supporters of the ban had sought to keep the measure intact in order to place the measure before voters this November.

The House measure approved Tuesday could potentially reset the clock on Indiana’s lengthy process of amending the constitution. Under the amendment process, the same measure must be approved in two consecutive sessions and then by voters.

If the Senate passes the version of the bill approved by the House, then the proposal will have to be approved by the next legislative session (in 2015) before going to voters (in 2016).

However, Senate Republicans could still restore the original language; the House would then have to agree to that original version in order to put the measure on the ballot this year.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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42 more reader comments:

  1. this state is SO backwards!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:26pm
  2. No…

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:27pm
  3. Now we have to make sure the Senate doesn’t remove the amendment.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:27pm
  4. wtf does this mean? :(

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:28pm
  5. I think could mean a further delay

    Replied on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:29pm
  6. Only in murica

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:29pm
  7. They have no balls all. They see the handwriting the wall that marriage equality is going to happen soon.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:30pm
  8. LOVING V VIRGINA

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:32pm
  9. This state is so messed up! I’m ready to move!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:33pm
  10. DOESNT MUSTER SEPERATE BUT EQUAL

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:33pm
  11. Indiana you are as bad as Pennsylvania!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:33pm
  12. Come November, just remember who is responsible.. No one has the right to vote on the “rights” of others…

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:34pm
  13. Whopee, it will still take a judge to strike it down whether it’s in the state constitution or not to make IN a STATE that doesnt have second class citizens. Could’ve left it alone and had the same result as it will be when it goes before a judge illegal and discriminatory. Not a win just a waste of time and resources by gay advocates and the bigots in the state on the other side. What a waste of money and time.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:35pm
  14. How the hell can this happen with all the momentum we’ve had moving forward?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:36pm
  15. Am I reading this right? They’re open to civil unions & benefits, but not marriage…what the fuck?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:36pm
  16. Hahahah who the bloody hell do they think they are? twats

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:36pm
  17. Shameful decision!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:37pm
  18. This is great news people. Unless you want to magically have Republicans vote for same-sex marriage, this is completely the victory we need in this state, and the way the ban is worded now it’ll be easier to overturn it in a court! The more delays, the better, because people are becoming more tolerant every year!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:38pm
  19. Now we have to make sure the Senate removes the Amendment!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:38pm
  20. Things will get worse before they get better. This is an example of fear reacting to change. Look for more states and groups to lash out in a last gasp before we finally achieve equality. Unfortunately, some of us will bear the brunt of it because if where we live.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:38pm
  21. The altered version at least would allow civil unions. It’s not as bad as it could have been

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:40pm
  22. I guess they didn’t hear that this IS NOT the second coming of Christ.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:41pm
  23. Way to go Indiana. You make me soo….. sooo… not proud of you…whatsoever. wrong side of History Hoosiers. (I moved to TN… which isn’t any better)

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:43pm
  24. I am so frustrated by this state- the state in which I live due to the job-

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:46pm
  25. David de Moura Castro said it well, indeed. It’s stupid that they’re still willing to ban SSM, but this buys some much-needed time. Granted, the best possible outcome would have been outright rejection, but remember that this bill in its former form passed overwhelmingly back in 2011. Now it needed rewording in order to get through. A lot can change between now and 2016. I’m still hopeful

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:54pm
  26. Voting on love, marriage and rights is wrong, it’s all wrong. We have the right to love and marry who we want no matter what the stupid congress or political says. No one said that we had to listen to them and we don’t. They don’t know what’s best for us, we do.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 9:01pm
  27. …and Indiana yet again shows its butt to the nation. I can’t wait until this is overturned.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 9:07pm
  28. Now I get it! They don’t believe in evolution, they believe in De-evolution. DEVO!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 9:09pm
  29. the more delays the better….

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 9:11pm
  30. It that the best tactic we have? Hey lets delay until the stars burn out?

    Replied on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 11:12pm
  31. glad I am not from there..middle America is a little slow !

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 9:29pm
  32. By then it will already be legal everywhere.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 9:30pm
  33. Agreed...

    Replied on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 11:13pm
  34. The delay is awesome! This really slaps the Republicans in the face.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 10:04pm
  35. Maybe, just Maybe, President Obama, can and will use his executive privilege here as well!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 10:05pm
  36. fingers crossed!!

    Replied on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 11:15pm
  37. It’s ridiculous that some states keep voting and spending tax $ on something that will be history within a couple of months.
    (Yes, I’m a firm believer that the SCOTUS will take this up in the 2014 term!)

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 10:43pm
  38. Hey! By 2016 Brian Bosma will be out of the closet.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 10:56pm
  39. Yay

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 11:13pm
  40. Stupid fucktards.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 11:45pm
  41. The biggest trouble with the USA is that too many people are spending way too much time minding other people’s business and the same can be said for the Government!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 12:03am
  42. In two years many more states will be enjoying marriage equality. They will look that much more foolish…waste of the taxpayers money and time when there are real issues that need to be addressed.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 12:03am