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Indiana House to vote today on marriage ban

Timothy Kincaid

January 27th, 2014

The Indiana House of Representatives will vote around 1:30 today on HJR-3, a bill to place before the voters a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.

But though Republicans hold a 69 to 31 advantage, the vote’s passage is not a foregone conclusion. (IndyStar)

In an Indianapolis Star poll of all 100 members of the Indiana House, 38 said they planned to vote in favor of House Joint Resolution 3, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, while 38 said they would vote no. Another 13 members said they were undecided going into the weekend; 11 declined to give a response. That leaves the outcome uncertain, with 51 votes needed to pass or defeat the amendment.

It seems that the biggest deterrent to supporting the bill is the second sentence, which includes a ban on civil unions or any other form of couple recognition. While Indiana’s voters might oppose equality, this hard stance might be too far for some legislators and could threaten the success of voter ratification in the fall. The bill is also strongly opposed by the business community, which sees it as hostile to recruiting efforts.

The solution for some legislators may be to amend HJR-3 to remove the second sentence. As a bill has to pass two consecutive sessions with identical language, this would effectively table the decision for another two years.

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tristram
January 27th, 2014 | LINK

Good news! Apparently the Indiana HR voted to amend the bill – so more process and the referendum cannot be held for 2 years.

tristram
January 27th, 2014 | LINK

Here’s a link – http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2014/01/27/indiana-house-amends-hjr-3-possibly-delaying-referendum-/4939625/

Mark F.
January 27th, 2014 | LINK

NOM will spin the likely passage of the bill as good news, but it really isn’t.

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