Committee Advances Gay-Marriage Ban, Bill Heads to Full House

A panel of lawmakers has approved a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage, sending the measure for to the full house for a vote.
Indianapolis, IND.-  A panel of Indiana lawmakers approves a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage, sending the measure to the House of Representatives for consideration.

The House Elections Committee voted 9-3 to advance the measure Wednesday evening.

The vote was 9 for, 3 against, 1 excused. All yes votes were Republicans, and the no's were Democrats.

The House Judiciary Committee originally was assigned to consider the ban, but the measure stalled amid concerns from that panel's Republicans. GOP House Speaker Brian Bosma stepped in Tuesday and re-assigned the bill to the Elections Committee.

If the measure passes the General Assembly this session, it would go before Indiana voters in November.

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