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Same-sex marriage ban poised for second vote in Ind. House

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana House is poised to take up 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.

Indiana-same-sex-marriageA bipartisan group of lawmakers narrowly approved altering the proposed constitutional ban Monday evening to remove language that would ban recognition of 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.

But supporters of the proposed ban have sought to keep the measure intact in order to place the measure before voters this November.

If the altered amendment clears the House and eventually the Senate, it could restart the clock on the legislative process. Under the amendment process, the same measure must be approved in two consecutive sessions and then by voters, so the proposed ban could be pushed back from making the ballot until 2016 instead of 2014.

However, much could change betwe en now and the end of this session, which is scheduled to wrap up in mid-March.

Activists gathered outside the chamber cheered loudly Monday after the 52-43 vote to remove the sentence from House Joint Resolution 3.

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16 more reader comments:

  1. I’m not even sure why we are following this. In less than a year, this will all be overturned. It is a total waste of tax payer dollars.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 2:41pm
  2. Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 2:44pm
  3. Why do they forget that the LGBT community votes, and pays taxes? You don’t need to vote on rights, because they are RIGHTS!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 2:44pm
  4. give our rights stop these terriost…now

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 2:45pm
  5. Why is this even a subject anymore? There are several states that allow gay folks to get married, and every one is still alive, nothing has changed. It wasn’t the end of the world. All people should be allowed to get married, it’s 2014!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 2:50pm
  6. FUCK OFF HOOSIERS!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 2:53pm
  7. Hey not every Hoosier is bad.

    Replied on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 5:58pm
  8. I know, you're right, my mistake. I have 2 very old Lesbian friends who moved to your state several years ago & so far they are still normal. Sorry.

    Replied on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6:05pm
  9. Taxes wouldn’t be wasted if people that believe in religion that is based on science fiction. All they care about is the taxes they are exempt from paying

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 3:03pm
  10. I am glad that the bill was amended. It sounds like it will not make the ballot in November. So many positive things will change before the 2016 election.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 3:08pm
  11. maybe they should ban christianity, which is the basis for hate…in…America…

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 3:19pm
  12. THE REAL STORY: Even since neighboring Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky fell in 2004, Indiana’s freedom fighters have still held out– for nine years.

    And the anti-gay bigots who despise marriage & family lost again last night.

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers narrowly approved altering the proposed constitutional ban Monday evening to remove language that would ban recognition of anything “similar” to marriage for same-sex couples.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 5:27pm
  13. I am a gay Hoosier and I fear this state will forever be prejudiced and discriminating. And yet the leaders want everyone else to think we are such a progressive-thinking place to build their businesses and live. Sooner or later I believe it will catch up with them, and cost the people of this great state jobs and opportunities.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6:34pm
  14. Bans such as that are unconstitutional. The parties enacting them should be on the hook for legal expenses.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6:39pm
  15. God freaks just can’t let go.
    They spout the same nasty vitriol used the keep segregation legal along with illegalizing mixed race marriages.
    Time to GROW THE FUCK UP!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6:46pm
  16. There is only one U.S. Constitution.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:14pm