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House Votes to Advance Gay Marriage Ban Amendment

The House took the first step towards defining marriage today through a constitutional amendment. In a Joint Resolution, the House voted 70-26 in favor of advancing towards the ratification of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

However, today’s vote was only the beginning. Marion Representative Eric Turner, who sponsored the bill, says there’s a long way still to go.

“If we pass the constitutional amendment this year or next year and then pass identical language in 2013 or ’14, this HJR could be on the ballot in 2014 to be ratified by the public.”

Some House members spoke against the amendment. Bloomington Representative Matt Pierce says it is the responsibility of lawmakers not to pass such legislation.

“There are some times when you have to protect minority populations, particularly if they’re a little unpopular, from that will of majority, from the tyranny of the majority.”

The Joint Resolution now moves to the Senate. A similar amendment was approved by the House in 2005, but then allowed to lapse, requiring the process to start over.

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