House committee passes marriage amendment 

A pickup truck festooned with Freedom Indiana materials parked along Capitol Avenue hinted at the flood of people who traveled to the Statehouse to lobby against HJR 3. - REBECCA TOWNSEND
  • A pickup truck festooned with Freedom Indiana materials parked along Capitol Avenue hinted at the flood of people who traveled to the Statehouse to lobby against HJR 3.
  • Rebecca Townsend


A group of about a dozen lawmakers voted 9-3 Wednesday night to approve House Joint Resolution 3 and its so-called "clarifying" companion bill.

The Indiana House of Representatives Elections and Apportionment Committee gathered at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday for the second House committee hearing on a proposal to hold a constitutional referendum on whether to enshrine the following language in the state's constitution:

Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.

The second hearing came about because the first committee to hear the bill failed to generate enough votes to pass it, so House leadership opted to send the bill to the Elections Committee.

Testimony on Tuesday continued for four hours as Committee Chair Milo Smith, R-Columbus, allowed extra time to accommodate the flood of opposition.

The Statehouse File has filed this update.

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