Indiana Legislature Passes Marriage Amendment

The amendment's passage is the first step to putting HJR-3 on the ballot in 2016.

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Democrats speak against HJR-3 in a Senate session on Monday.

The Indiana Senate passed today House Joint Resolution 3, the proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

HJR-3’s second sentence, which banned civil unions, was removed by the House because of concerns it could prohibit domestic partnership benefits. The Senate opted against reinserting it.

The Senate ended debate on the issue this year today, passing HJR-3 32 to 17.

Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, says he struggled with the issue, remaining undecided until the last moment.

“Yeah, I was going to vote to kill this thing,” he says. “But I’m going to vote to keep it going because maybe it will give us one last stand, one last chance.”

Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, says prejudice shouldn’t be allowed to be clothed in religious or moral convictions.

“Your religious beliefs are your business,” she says. “But they should not be used as justification for laws.”

HJR-3 now moves to the next General Assembly for approval in either 2015 or 2016.  If passed, it would head to the ballot in 2016.

 

 

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Aaron Mason

    As Forrest Gump would say, “Bigot is as bigot does.” Take your ignorant hate and shove it up your pee holes you closeted Teabagger religious freaks.

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    What you don’t know Indiana, is that the radical right of the GOP isn’t going to stop unless they can ignore any Federal law or court decision that they don’t agree with by using the excuse that they can discard it for religious reasons.

    What if they succeed?

    I can see it now, Indianapolis bingo parlors with “Catholics Only” signs.
    Fort Wayne Clothing stores with “We don’t serve gay Lutherans” signs
    Evansville Jiffy Lubes with “$5 off with Bibles on dashboards” signs
    South Bend gas stations with “No one with Muslim sounding names” signs
    Carmel’s separate emergency room entrances for Jews and Gentiles.
    Bloomingdale steak houses and McDonald’s that serve only Southern Baptists
    Hammond pizza delivery for atheists only

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