The resolution that would amend the constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman passed the House today 57-40.
The House of Representatives voted to amend the proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage--a move that could restart the ratification process.
Lawmakers and legal experts disagree on the consequences of the second sentence of the bill, which bans any legal status “substantially similar” to marriage.
The Elections Committee approved the constitutional amendment in a 9-3 vote.
House Joint Resolution 3 has been moved to a new committee after several members of the original committee said they were undecided on the issue.
Many gay rights supporters worry HJR-3 would do more than solidify a ban on gay marriage. They say it could disrupt existing same-sex benefits.
Last week's GOP-commissioned phone survey says 53 percent of Hoosiers surveyed support the same-sex marriage ban known as HJR-3.
Gov. Mike Pence re-emphasized his proposed initiatives for a pre-k voucher program and touched on the constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.
After hearing hours of testimony, the House committee chair delayed a vote on House Joint Resolution 3.
An Indiana-based conservative group is joining the public relations fight over the gay marriage amendment.