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Gay Marriage Amendment May Go to Vote


A state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage could come up for a vote as early as Monday afternoon in the Indiana House.


The controversial ban is more likely to pass this year, with Republicans in control of both legislative chambers.

The amendment includes language that only marriage between one man and one woman is valid in Indiana. It also prohibits civil unions by stating that a legal status "substantially similar" to marriage for unmarried people is not valid.
Opponents, including Rep. Terri Austin (D-Anderson) and Rep. Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City), argue that the amendment writes discrimination into the Indiana constitution. They also note current state law already bans gay marriage.

Supporters argue that courts could overturn that law. They also maintain that traditional heterosexual marriage is best for raising children.

If lawnakers pass the measure this year, it would still have to pass the Indiana General Assembly again in 2013 or 2014 before it would go on the ballot.

» House Committee Approves Gay-Marriage Amendment (2-7-11)

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