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Senate Hears Amendment Banning Civil Unions

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A proposed constitutional amendment banning civil unions and defining marriage as between a man and a woman was heard by an Indiana Senate committee Wednesday.

Indiana already has a statute on its books defining marriage as between a man and a woman, but Terre Haute attorney Jim Bopp said that statute needs further protection.

“The statute is being sought to be protected against a constitutional decision by putting incorporating this public policy in the constitution.”

But Cummins Engine Company Human Resources Vice President Jill Cook said the proposed amendment sends the wrong message.

“This resolution sends a powerful message that Indiana is not a place that welcomes people of all backgrounds and it jeopardizes our ability to be competitive in global markets.”

The House passed the resolution earlier this session. If passed by the Senate as well, the amendment would need to again be passed by both bodies in either 2013 or 2014 to then be put on the ballot for voters to approve in 2014.

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