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GOP Could Decide Next Week To Push For Gay Marriage Ban

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Republican leaders say they are close to deciding whether a proposed state constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage will get a hearing this year in the legislature.

Indiana’s proposed marriage amendment cleared its first hurdle in 2011, as members of the General Assembly overwhelmingly passed it. In order to go on the election ballot in 2014, the legislature needs to approve the measure again either this session or next.

Speaker Brian Bosma says a factor in whether the legislature will wait until next year to act on the amendment is a gay marriage case currently in the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Personally, I think it’s inadvisable to move forward with the United States Supreme Court having the question before it, but I’m not making that decision by myself and talking to folks on both sides of the issue and receiving their opinions as well,” he says.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long says his caucus is considering past experience dealing with issues before the Supreme Court.

“People did not expect the ruling that came from the Supreme Court on Obamacare,” he says. “[It] was a surprise, particularly how Justice Roberts ruled when it was Justice Kennedy who went on one side and Justice Roberts on the other, which says that there’s a lot of unpredictability with the Supreme Court.”

Long and Bosma say they will work together to resolve the issue and expect to jointly announce their plans next week.

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