Senate Rules Committee passes HJR 3

 

After hearing several hours of testimony on House Joint Resolution 3, the Indiana Senate Rules Committee, which includes the full complement of majority and minority leadership, voted 8-4 on Monday to pass the measure, as amended by the House, for a vote by the full senate.

A final Senate vote on the matter could happen as soon as next Monday; a second reading could happen as early as Thursday.

State Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said following the vote that anything can happen on the Senate floor - including the potential that a member could move to add back the measure's second sentence.

HJR 3 is the bill pursuing a state constitutional referendum that would enshrine a heterosexual definition of marriage into the state constitution and, if it returns to its original form, invalidate any other form.

Before advancing the resolution on for Senate consideration, the Indiana State House of Representatives stripped the second sentence, that: "A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized." At this point, the measure asks voters to affirm or reject the following: "Only marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana."

[This story will be updated.]

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