John M. Becker

Anti-Marriage Measure Advances in Indiana Senate

Filed By John M. Becker | February 10, 2014 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: constitutional amendment, HJR-3, Indiana, marriage amendment, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

reject-hjr3.jpgStanding defiantly on the wrong side of history, Indiana's GOP-controlled Senate Rules Committee has just voted to advance HJR-3 -- a proposed constitutional marriage discrimination amendment -- to the full Senate for a vote.

The party-line vote was 8-4 in favor of the amendment.

Since the committee passed the version amended by the House, which stripped out a second sentence banning other forms of marriage recognition like civil unions and domestic partnerships, HJR-3's next stop is the full Senate, which is expected to take up the measure later this week.

UPDATE: Freedom Indiana campaign manager Megan Robertson reacted to today's news with the following statement:

"We want to thank Senator Long and members of the Rules Committee for hearing the voices of so many Hoosiers opposed to HJR-3, people who've come from across our state to share their stories about how this amendment will harm their families, friends, neighbors and communities.

"We remain determined to defeat HJR-3, but we are grateful that the committee voted today to keep at bay the extremely dangerous second sentence that would permanently prohibit civil unions, domestic partnerships and other legal protections for same-sex couples.

"We look forward to continuing this discussion with all members of the Indiana Senate and reaching an outcome that protects the liberties of all Hoosiers."

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