Republican Senators split vote on HJR-3

WLFI File Photo
WLFI File Photo

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Indiana senators advanced the proposed ban known as HJR-3 Monday without a provision that would ban civil unions.

That provision was in the version passed by the General Assembly two years ago.

Without identical wording from the 2012 version, the measure won’t be on the ballot this November.

Republican Sen. Ron Alting voted no on HJR-3, but Republican Sen. Brandt Hershman voted yes.

News 18 caught up with both Republicans after the vote.

“My constituents that contact me, the overwhelming majority, was three reasons. A, They thought the Constitution is there to protect people’s rights, not to put something in that would do the opposite of that. Second, it sends a terrible message to the rest of the country that we’re not tolerant and care for others. And three, that it’s just totally unnecessary, because it’s already on the books in the law,” said Sen. Alting.

“I think the ongoing and thorough public debate that’s occurred in society is a healthy thing and I think the opportunity for Hoosiers to express their will at the polls on this issue really puts it in the right realm,” said Hershman.

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