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Ind. Senate prepares for vote on House version of gay marriage ban

Monday, February 17, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State senators are scheduled to take a final vote on a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage after approving a version last week which would put off a public referendum until at least 2016.

WFIU (File)Indiana Senate chamber

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Indiana Senate chamber

Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel announced Monday he would make a last-ditch attempt to place the measure back on track for a vote this November. However, he acknowledged he faced long odds.

Indiana senators advanced the proposed ban without a provision that would ban civil unions. Under the state’s constitutional amendment process, the civil unions ban must be included in the amendment for it to be placed on this November’s ballot.

The Senate’s decision last week marked a victory for opponents of the marriage ban, just three years legislators approved the amendment with broad support.

Update: The Senate is expected to vote during its session, originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m. EST, but now delayed until 3 p.m. EST.

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21 more reader comments:

  1. Uh, what? I thought we had defeated this at least for this year??

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 5:36pm
  2. Mike Delph is mentally ill if he thinks that they would put in his rotten second sentence back in. If they put that sentence back in then this will head straight over to the Federal Court Building for trial.

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 5:37pm
  3. i do hope they make the right decision and put themselves on the right side of history… if not.. the higher courts will strike down their foolishness

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 5:37pm
  4. They wont put the second sentence back in.

    Replied on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 5:47pm
  5. Federal judge will knock it down. No worries.

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 5:41pm
  6. I doubt that they would vote this in because that is where it is headed. They want to be re-elected.

    Replied on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 5:48pm
  7. Hopefully in 2 years the issue will be moot

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 5:42pm
  8. Lord these haters

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 5:44pm
  9. This is a jobs bill. More work for lawyers…. And a waste of government time and money.

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 5:45pm
  10. Let’s hope it gets pushed back 2 years and then is not longer an issue. Discrimination is not something anyone should be allowed to vote on. It’s just wrong.

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 5:46pm
  11. Can we as gays vote on the right of straight couples to divorce?

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 5:53pm
  12. im proud to be a transgender i live in kentucky. i hope 1 day to find the right man for true love. we should beable to marry who we want.

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 5:55pm
  13. Indiana’s legislature prepares to get SUED in federal court because they are dumbasses.

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 5:55pm
  14. At this point, it’s just bad sportsmanship. Accept that you’ve lost and be done with it.

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 5:58pm
  15. Obviously, the Republican Party is in the midst of its death throws, clinging to the last bit of legalized discrimination and hate they can muster, just so they can vomit this stink pile all over the rest of us! Who are we? WE are “The Majority” in this Nation! Not only did WE elect this Nation’s first African American President, WE shall also be the ones to elect this Nation’s first Female President, Hillary Clinton, and it’s high time WE do! Oh what a HAPPY DAY it will be as we watch in pure delight OUR Former First Lady, NY Senator and Secretary of State as she is inaugurated as our next President! I can see the haters as their heads explode at the mere thought of it! :-D This Indiana Legislature’s attack on the LGBTQ people is an attack on ALL OF THE FREE THINKING, UNITED STATES CONSTITUTIONAL BELIEVING AMERICANS everywhere! These kinds of actions are NOT to be tolerated and simply will not stand! WE are counting down the days to end of the Republican Party! It’s only a matter of time now. Have a lovely day!

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 6:19pm
  16. It’s not gay marriage, it’s just marriage equality.

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 6:29pm
  17. COme On Indiana its going to happen sooner or later so go ahead defeat it now and be better off and go on to more apporate things for your state like making it a better place.

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 6:53pm
  18. Well, that will go to the courts…

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 7:00pm
  19. Nothing to see or reason to ever visit Indiana! Fly over territory. I lump Indiana with most of the South and Uganda, Nigeria! Places I will never visit or spend my tourist dollars in!

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 8:39pm
  20. vote these terriost out

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 9:49pm
  21. All the GOP has to do is spend money on things that have no right being in law!!! Hopefully people will remember Nov. 2014 and send these vile people home to the unemployment line.

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 9:54pm