A proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and civil unions in Indiana passed a Senate committee Wednesday. Anderson Senator Tim Lanane proposed an amendment to the resolution that would have change the language to allow the state to permit civil unions in the future, but the amendment was voted down. Lanane said the constitutional amendment unnecessarily ties the hands of future legislatures.
“We won’t compromise and I find that very troubling,” said Lanane. “I think it renders Indiana’s potentially looking to be a state which is unwelcoming and intolerant.”
Lanane and East Chicago Senator Lonnie Randolph said views on gay marriage are changing rapidly across the country and Indiana’s amendment would prohibit change. But Bedford Senator Brent Steele said the people’s voice will be heard.
“If Senators Randolph and Lanane are correct in their assessment that the attitudes of Indiana have changed, then they have nothing to fear by this going to the electorate of our state and have their say-so,” said Steele.
Cicero Representative Eric Turner, the resolution’s author, said the passage through committee is an important step, but the amendment is still at least two years away from the ballot, as it must pass two consecutive sessions of the General Assembly before it can be put to a statewide referendum.