Indiana House Panel Advances Gay Marriage Ban Following Power Play by Speaker

BosmaThe Indiana House Elections and Apportionment Committee advanced HJR-3, the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage by a vote of 9-3 along party lines after more than four hours of debate. The bill will now move to the full House.

The bill was moved to the Elections and Apportionment Committee by House Speaker Brian Bosma (pictured) in a power play after it began to look like it might fail in the House Judiciary Committee. Bosma's unusual move turned out to be successful for the anti-gay conservatives.

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.