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The Gay Marriage Amendment: HJR-3

House Joint Resolution 3 is a proposal that would amend the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. Indiana already has a state statute that bans same-sex marriage, but including such a ban in the state’s constitution could make it harder to overturn in the future.

The General Assembly first approved the measure in 2011. The legislature passed it again in 2014, but because the second sentence banning civil unions was removed, it will need to be passed again before it can be sent to the voters for approval.

The earliest it could be put on the ballot is 2016.

The debate over the proposal has heated up this year with the formation of Freedom Indiana, a bi-partisan, grassroots coalition aimed at defeating the amendment. The group argues the proposal could threaten existing same-sex benefits companies and universities offer their employees.

The Indiana-based conservative group Advance America has taken the lead supporting the amendment, arguing Hoosiers deserve the chance to vote on the issue.

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February 17, 2014


Indiana Legislature Passes Marriage Amendment

The amendment's passage is the first step to putting HJR-3 on the ballot in 2016.

February 13, 2014


HJR-3 Will Not Be On November Ballot

The Senate today did not reinsert the second sentence to the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

January 27, 2014


Indiana House Changes HJR-3 To Restart Ratification Process

The House of Representatives voted to amend the proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage--a move that could restart the ratification process.

January 19, 2014


How The Marriage Amendment Could Affect Same-Sex Benefits

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.

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June 11, 2014


New Coalition For Same-Sex Marriage Debuts

The new coalition, called Hoosiers Unite for Marriage, is made up of several groups in the state that are fighting for gay marriage.

May 7, 2014


Reps Opposed To Gay Marriage Ban Ousted In GOP Primaries

Representatives Rebecca Kubacki and Kathy Heuer lost their seats to primary challengers on Tuesday.

March 13, 2014


Same-Sex Marriage Fight Dominated 2014 Legislative Session

Whether to amendment Indiana's constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman was the main issue debated in the 2014 session.

March 3, 2014


House Speaker Claims Gay Marriage Fight Prompted Money Offer

Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, says opponents of the state's proposed amendment to ban same-sex marriage offered money for someone to challenge him in a primary.

February 21, 2014


Freedom Indiana Celebrates Keeping HJR-3 Off Ballot

Local Freedom Indiana chapters held community meetings Wednesday evening in fifteen locations across the state to wrap up the campaign.

February 19, 2014


Group Seeks To Get HJR-3 On This Year’s Ballot

The National Organization for Marriage wants to put HJR-3 on the ballot despite lawmakers passing a measure indicating it must be approved in 2015 or 2016.

February 14, 2014


What Are The Chances HJR-3 Would Pass In 2016?

Political analysts say the measure has less of a chance for approval in 2016 than it would have if it were on the ballot this year.

February 14, 2014


HJR-3 Opponents Claim Victory, Supporters Not Daunted

The Senate plans to vote on the proposed marriage amendment Monday, but it will not be sent to the voters this year.

February 11, 2014


Young Hoosiers Rally To Support Marriage Amendment

A group of young adults gathered at the statehouse today to show their support for the proposed amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

February 10, 2014


Committee Sends HJR-3 To Full Senate Without Amendments

The full Senate will likely vote on the measure this week.

February 6, 2014


Columbus Representative Facing Primary Challenger

Bartholomew County Council President Ryan Lauer is challenging Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, for his seat.

January 31, 2014


Governor Pence Wants To Reinsert HJR-3’s Second Sentence

Governor Mike Pence wants to reinsert the second sentence of the marriage amendment so that it could go to voters for approval this fall.

January 30, 2014


Senate Leader Reassigns HJR-3 To New Committee

Senate President Pro Tem David Long says is assigning an amendment banning same-sex marriage to the Rules Committee, not Judiciary as originally planned.

January 28, 2014


HJR-3 Heads To Indiana Senate After Passing House

The resolution that would amend the constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman passed the House today 57-40.

January 24, 2014


House Minority Leader Scott Pelath Will File HJR-3 Amendment

The House Minority Leader is filing to change the bill's second sentence, but isn't sure he will offer the change when the bill goes to the floor next week.

January 24, 2014


Lawmakers Disagree Over Second Sentence Of HJR-3

Lawmakers and legal experts disagree on the consequences of the second sentence of the bill, which bans any legal status “substantially similar” to marriage.

January 22, 2014


Committee Sends HJR-3 To Indiana House For Vote

The Elections Committee approved the constitutional amendment in a 9-3 vote.

January 21, 2014


Speaker Bosma Moves Marriage Amendment To New Committee

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.

January 16, 2014


GOP Poll On HJR-3 Conflicts With Freedom Indiana Numbers

Last week's GOP-commissioned phone survey says 53 percent of Hoosiers surveyed support the same-sex marriage ban known as HJR-3.

January 14, 2014


Governor Touts Tax Reduction, Pre-K Plan In State Of State

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.

January 14, 2014


State Of The State Preview: Pence Will Outline Agenda

Many are wondering if the governor will discuss the proposed gay marriage amendment during his State of the State address tonight.

January 14, 2014


Why The HJR-3 Marriage Amendment Vote Was Delayed

After hours of testimony before a House committee, a vote on the same sex marriage amendment, HJR-3, was postponed.

January 13, 2014


Gay Marriage Amendment Hearing Ends With No Vote

After hearing hours of testimony, the House committee chair delayed a vote on House Joint Resolution 3.

January 9, 2014


Advance America Airs Pro-Marriage Amendment TV Ads

An Indiana-based conservative group is joining the public relations fight over the gay marriage amendment.

January 9, 2014


Proposed Marriage Amendment Clarified, Renamed

Legislators renamed House Joint Resolution 6 to HJR-3 and filed a companion bill that permits existing private sector benefits.

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