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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - " Gay Marriage Amendment Advances Without Civil Union Ban: State Senate gives up on effort to reinsert HJR-3 sentence"

Eric Berman reports for WIBC reports:

Two weeks after the House deleted language banning not only same-sex marriage but civil unions, supporters in the Senate let the last opportunity to alter the amendment slide past, abandoning plans to try to add the provision back in. Opponents of the amendment who had packed the hall outside the Senate chamber erupted in cheers as Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann gaveled the resolution closed to further changes.

President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) declined to discuss why the provision wasn't called for debate, but Carmel Republican Mike Delph, one of two senators who had filed motions to restore the clause, tweeted that supporters didn't have the votes.

The non-vote means a Senate vote Monday on what now is a one-sentence amendment which echoes state law in defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Supporters who had hoped to send the amendment to voters this fall after 12 years of trying will have to wait until 2016, and will have to persuade the House and Senate to pass the slimmed-down amendment one more time, either next year or the year after. * * *

Opponents plan to keep working phone banks over the weekend in hopes of killing the amendment entirely. Long says the amendment will definitely be called for a vote Monday, and says he expects it to pass.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 13, 2014 06:35 PM
Posted to Indiana Government