Committee Sends Proposed Gay Marriage Ban to Full Senate

Published 02/10 2014 06:09PM

Updated 02/10 2014 06:18PM

The Indiana House of Representatives had it's turn but now the spotlight will be on the Indiana Senate. The proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage passed the Senate Rules Committee Monday afternoon.

After more than three hours of debate, the Senate Rules Committee voted 8-4 on Monday afternoon to send the bill to the full Senate. The vote was strictly down party lines.  It's the same bill the House recently modified. The modifications centered around the second sentence of HJR-3. Even with the changes, the legislation would prohibit gay marriage but it would leave the door open for civil unions.

However, you might not see it on the ballot in November.

If the Senate passes the modified version of HJR-3, it will not go to voters in the November election because the same bill has to pass two separate General Assemblies before it can head to the voters.

The Indiana Senate could begin discussing the amendment on Thursday.

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