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.