The Indiana General Assembly is done with the gay-marriage issue for at least two years, after completing the first step toward a constitutional amendment. The senate voted 40-10 to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage.
Three democrats joined every senate republican in voting yes. The house had approved the proposal 70 to 26 last month.
The senate vote completes the first step in the amendment process. Legislators must now wait till after next year’s election, then approve it again in 2013 or 2014. Voters would then get the final say in the fall election in 2014. It’s the sixth time in seven years the senate has passed an amendment, but just the second time the house has done so in the same year.