Gay marriage won’t be on ballots this fall

Indiana Statehouse (WLFI File Photo)
Indiana Statehouse (WLFI File Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) – Senators advance a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, but voters won’t see it on the ballots this fall.

It came as a shock to people on both sides of the gay marriage debate. The Senate had the opportunity to make a change to HJR-3 that could have put it on the ballot, but they chose not to.

It was a decision that changed the fate of HJR-3. Senators advanced the House version of HJR-3 Thursday without change ending the gay marriage debate at least for 2014.

“Feeling very supported by state legislats,” Chris Warren said after hearing it won’t go to a vote. “If you look around the room there’s a lot of joy, support, and supportive feelings here.”

Supporters of HJR-3 said they are disappointed Senators decided not to restore the second sentence, which was removed by the House a few weeks ago. The second sentence banned civil unions. If the sentence had been restored and HJR-3 was approved in its original form it could have been on the ballot this fall.

“I was extremely disappointed,” HJR-3 supporter Tom Uebbing said. “It is a gigantic error because if your goal really is to protect marriage this is very necessary.”

“It needs to go back to the original language or just needs to be allowed to die and go away and restart from the beginning,” George Ganahl said about HJR-3. “Because in the form it is now, it’s really not acceptable.”

Others said it’s a move in the right direction.

“This is your victory but it’s also a victory for Indiana,” Senator Tim Lanane of Anderson said.

Lanane said the decision is one step in making sure all Hoosiers’ rights are protected.

“The future of Indiana does not include and cannot and shall not include discrimination in our constitution,” Lanane said.

HJR-3 will likely go before the full Senate again Monday for a final vote.

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