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Indiana Senate Committee Passes Amended Marriage Ban Proposal

Jim Burroway

February 10th, 2014

In a straight 8-4 party line vote, the Indiana Senate Rules Committee gave its approval to a proposed constitutional amendment which, if approved by voters, would ban same-sex marriage. Crucually, the committee opted against restoring a second sentence to the proposed constitutional amendment that would also ban civil unions and domestic parternships. That second sentenced was stripped from the wording by the Indiana House in January.

The absence of that second sentence is crucial in determining when the proposed amendment would go before the voters. Indiana’s constitution requires that the identical language must pass two separately elected General Assemblies before a proposal can be placed on the ballot. The prior General Assembly passed the ban with the second sentence included in 2011. If both houses opted to keep the language intact, then then the proposed ban would hit the ballot box during the 2014 mid-term elections. But if the full Senate passes the newest version of the proposed ban, then the clock gets reset and the same ban would have to pass the next elected legislature as well. That would mean the earliest the amended ban could get to the ballot box would be during the 2016 elections, when voters will turn out to elect a president as well as Indiana governor.

Gov. Mike Pence (R) strongly supports the marriage ban, and has made it clear that he wants it decided “once and for all” this year rather than have it as a campaign issue while he’s trying to seek re-election in 2016.

Same-sex marriage opponents will have one more opportunity to try to restore the civil union ban when the measure goes before the full Senate. If they are successful, then the differences between the House and Senate versions would have to be hashed out in committee.

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Ben In Oakland
February 10th, 2014 | LINK

“Gov. Mike Pence (R) strongly supports the marriage ban, and has made it clear that he wants it decuded “once and for all” this year rather than have it as a campaign issue while he’s trying to seek re-election in 2016.”

translation: he doesn’t want it dragging HIM down.

Speaking of translations, could you translate “decuded” for me?

Nathaniel
February 11th, 2014 | LINK

Too right, Ben.

For those of you who live in “I” named states, I apologize, but I saw an article yesterday listing several states who are siding with Utah in the battle of “Of course this is totally constitutional.” Indiana, was on the list, and I had to check here to be sure I was looking at the right state – a state working on enacting a constitutional amendment against equality jumping in to preemptively support the legality of said amendment. I know they are probably defending some state statute of the same bent, but it seemed so bizarre

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