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New Ind. panel considers amendment to ban same-sex marriage

New Ind. panel considers amendment to ban same-sex marriage

INDIANAPOLIS — A new group of Indiana House lawmakers will hear testimony on the proposed state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, as part of a move designed to advance the measure in the General Assembly.

IndianaRepublican House Speaker Brian Bosma announced Tuesday that he was moving the proposed ban and a companion measure to the House elections committee at the request of GOP lawmakers who want to vote on the issue.

The measure stalled in the House Judiciary Committee last week amid concerns from a handful of Republican committee members.

The elections committee is scheduled to consider the measure Wednesday afternoon.

Legislators approved the proposed amendment with broad bipartisan majorities in 2011. But a shift in public attitudes combined with a strong campaign by opponents has spurred apprehension among many lawmakers.

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