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House Minority Leader Scott Pelath Will File HJR-3 Amendment

The House Minority Leader is filing to change the bill's second sentence, but isn't sure he will offer the change when the bill goes to the floor next week.

HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, will be up for a vote in the Indiana House next week.

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HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, will be up for a vote in the Indiana House next week.

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says he will file an amendment to HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

But Pelath says he isn’t sure he’ll offer his change when HJR-3 comes to the floor next week.

Pelath’s amendment would remove the second sentence from HJR-3, which bans a legal status “substantially similar” to marriage and has caused concern among some who believe it threatens domestic partnership benefits.

But Pelath says he and his caucus will decide whether to offer his amendment on the House floor, with Democrats’ ultimate goal being HJR-3’s total defeat.

“And if the sense is that it has a better chance of going away, either legislatively or at the ballot box, by letting it stay bad then that’s one approach,” Pelath says.

Pelath says he doesn’t know if any Republicans will offer changes to the bill.

Speaker Brian Bosma says he won’t block his members’ attempts to offer amendments:

“I think it’s abundantly clear I haven’t asked one person to do one thing on this bill other than vote their conscience,” Bosma says.

There are still questions whether removing the second sentence would force the ratification process to restart, potentially putting HJR-3 on the ballot not this fall but in 2016.

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    “I think it’s abundantly clear I haven’t asked one person to do one
    thing on this bill other than vote their conscience,” Bosma says.
    Perhaps technically correct. Simply pulling the issue out of committee is not “asking.” It is “telling” those on the committee they can’t vote their conscience. So which is worse, not asking a person to vote a particular way, or telling them they have no vote at all?

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