Gay Marriage Ban to Get Full Indiana House Consideration on Monday

A bill to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage  in Indiana that passed out of a house committee on Wednesday night will get a full House consideration on Monday, WANE reports:

IndianaAfter passing out of an Indiana House committee Wednesday night, the bill banning gay marriage will have its second read in the House the week of January 27 to 31. The third and final reading of the bill known as HJR-3 will follow that and should be followed by a vote.

If it passes out of the House, the entire procedure will start over in the Senate. If it passes there, the public in November will have the chance to vote whether or not to add an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage.

The amendment would need to pass two separately-elected General Assemblies and be approved by a voter majority in a public referendum before becoming part of the constitution.


  1. john patrick says

    So what does this mean? Does this mean that the bill would need to pass both this session and the one starting next year? Does it mean the bill has already passed one session and this is the second session and the amendment would be put on the ballot in November? What is the likelihood of the bill passing the full House? What is the likelihood of the bill passing a committee in the Senate and a full Senate vote?

  2. danswon says

    What a ridiculous waste of time and money and resources, all in the name of discrimination and hatred.

  3. Patric says

    “The amendment would need to pass two separately-elected General Assemblies and be approved by a voter majority in a public referendum before becoming part of the constitution.”

    I’m pretty sure that the amendment already passed in a prior, separately-elected General Assembly so that, as indicated by the cited article, it would go to the voters this fall if passing in this GA also.

  4. jomicur says

    At this point in our judicial history, this is about as meaningful as a vote to return Dred Scott to his master’s plantation.

  5. disgusted american says

    ahh the GOP assholes, If they aren’t telling wwhom can marry whom, they’re Vagially Probing Women’s VaJJs

  6. says

    This is why it’s so frustrating when GOP-apologists say “both sides are just using gays as wedge issues” No. Not really.

    If the GOP cared at *all* about the economy they’d focus on it. Whenever they do this, they just prove that they haven’t a dang legit fiscal plan to focus on.

  7. JJ says

    I’m pretty sure this already passed one General Assembly, which is why the report says (emphasis mine):

    “If it passes [this Assembly], the public IN NOVEMBER will have the chance to vote”

  8. graphicjack says

    Congratulations, Indiana… you officially suck. You’ll like a salmon desperately trying to swim against the tide. But fear not, the tide is coming… all 500 states will eventually get equal marriage. Just wait.

  9. SpaceCadet says

    Why don’t they get a concurrent bill together to make same-sex marriage legal in the state? Or some gay couple who wants to get married there should sue in court to get the ball rolling judicially.

  10. Rob says

    The clock is running out on the GOP’s focus on culture wars as a way of disguising their desire to shovel money to the rich. If you want poor whites to vote for the interests of the rich, you really need to make them fear something primal. Gays are the new whipping boy, now that victimizing Jews is out of favor. Gay is the new Jew.

    I was just stuck in Indy for two days during a storm- what a giant trailer park of troglodytes. No wonder they invented the KKK.

  11. says

    I’m hoping that this lengthy and complicated process trips this idea up. We’re so many years past the time when these amendments were in vogue, it would be an embarrassment to Indiana to see this thing pass, deep into the 20-teens.