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Indiana Senate Rules Committee Advances Gay Marriage Ban in 8-4 Vote

The Indiana Senate Rules Committee this afternoon voted 8-4 to advance a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, the Indianapolis Star reports:

IndianasenateThe 12-member Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee voted 8-4 along party lines to send the measure, known as House Joint Resolution 3, to the full Senate, probably later this week. All eight Republicans voted for the measure, and all four Democrats voted against.

The decision came with no discussion by committee members about whether to restore the amendment’s second sentence, which would also ban civil unions and similar arrangements. The House removed that provision before sending the amendment to the Senate.

Instead, the Senate will likely take up the question of whether to restore the second sentence when the measure comes up for second reading before the full 50-member Senate. That could happen as early as Thursday.

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  1. Ah yes, Indiana. That hickish backwater state that is known throughout the world for its cultural contributions to.........cornfields?

    Posted by: Robert | Feb 10, 2014 5:55:18 PM

  2. Great. Expending valuable time and resources that could go toward so many actual worthy and important things... for something that they know good and well will be struck down as unconstitutional. This kind of stuff makes me crazy.

    Posted by: KC | Feb 10, 2014 6:06:33 PM

  3. And what is the unemployment rate in Indiana ?

    And by what percentage has it dropped in the last few years ?
    And is there an independent Electoral Commission with statutory duties to draw up constituency boundaries in a non-partisan manner ?

    And in so far as Indiana, or any other state, or all states, profess to be 'democracies' , why not ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 10, 2014 6:15:43 PM

  4. All of this energy, when it's just going to be found unconstitutional in a couple of years.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Feb 10, 2014 6:18:35 PM

  5. Afraid of challenges from their right flank...

    Posted by: woody | Feb 10, 2014 6:25:12 PM

  6. The result was pre-ordained because it's a totally Republican-controlled Senate.

    On the other hand, if the news story is correct that the Committee passed it as it came over from the House -- with the civil-unions language deleted -- then the Senate would have to add that language. Not as easy to do. So maybe any referendum would be postponed until 2016, and a lot can happen before then.

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | Feb 10, 2014 6:35:35 PM

  7. As I understand, the same language has to be passed by two separately elected assemblies before it can go to the people for a vote, so the only way it can go to the people this year is if the senate puts the second sentence back and the house approves of putting the second sentence back. The house would have to reverse their 52-43 amendment decision of a couple of weeks ago.

    What ought to happen is the the senate just drops the whole idea, but I'm not expecting that. By the fall of 2016, I'm pretty sure that public opinion will be more in favour of same-sex marriage than now.

    Posted by: Neil | Feb 10, 2014 7:40:59 PM

  8. The GOP is stupid.

    Posted by: TheSeer | Feb 10, 2014 10:22:36 PM

  9. Sochi, Indiana.

    Posted by: Kodiak | Feb 10, 2014 10:47:04 PM

  10. Now we all know Indiana is a Russian state....

    We should call these states members of the commonwealth of RUSSIA...they love their dictator PUTIN

    Posted by: Mark Twain | Feb 10, 2014 10:50:30 PM

  11. Ok voters - this is another example of Republicans wasting your tax dollars. Remember this at election time !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Feb 11, 2014 1:06:23 AM

  12. Doesn't the whole idea of an amendment like this seem 10 years late? I live in Nevada (where we just got a little good news on the subject), where we've had one of these disingenuous amendments, and it got rolling in 2002. I think Indiana will go down in the history books as the last state to pass one of these ridiculous things. I hope they have the good sense to be embarrassed.

    Posted by: James L. Greenlee | Feb 11, 2014 2:17:45 AM

  13. I'm ignoring Indiana for now.

    And I live here.

    Posted by: johnny | Feb 11, 2014 6:51:20 AM

  14. I used to live in that bigoted loser state.thank god i moved!! This state had a governer in the 1930's that was the grand wizard of the would you think anything less in this backwater state!!

    Posted by: metalboi420 | Feb 11, 2014 9:35:03 AM

  15. 200,000,00 million to 120,000,00.

    Posted by: Hoosier | Feb 11, 2014 1:16:36 PM

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