TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Sen. Ron Alting (R-22) said it looks like the Indiana Senate will pass a proposed constitutional ban of same-sex marriage, but not with his help.
Saturday morning Alting stood up and told the audience at a legislative breakfast why he will vote against House Joint Resolution 3 when it goes to the senate floor. He said the main reason is the constituents.
“[There is] overwhelming support not in favor of this bill by the representation of my constituents,” Alting said. “It’s to the point that it could be 10 to 1.”
Alting voted in favor of the bill in 2011, and before that voted for a similar senate bill.
He said more people have e-mailed him and pulled him aside to voice their disapproval with the bill since 2011.
“There is no ego here that says ‘well I voted in favor of it two years ago, so I’m going to railroad it through now’ on any issue,” Alting said. “I listen to my constituents. I do research.”
Alting told people at the breakfast he defines marriage between one woman and one man.
He said a constitutional ban would make the state look intolerant when the law is already in place.
“It’s already a law,” Alting said. “Why do we want to do such a bill that comes across not only to constituents, but to the rest of the nation that Indiana is one that has zero tolerance?”
“Senator Alting is not in favor of putting that as a constitutional question, but his cohorts in the house were,” said Rep. Sheila Klinker (D-27).
Klinker praised Alting for his stance after the breakfast. She voted against the amendment.
Alting said he thinks the amendment that came from the house, which has the original second sentence of the bill taken out – that said the state would not recognize civil unions or similar partnerships – will pass the senate.
HJR-3 will be heard in the Senate Rules Committee on Monday, and could go to the senate floor the same week.