HJR 3 Committee Vote Could Happen Next Week
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – A committee vote on marriage amendment House Joint Resolution 3 won’t happen until next week.
The Indiana House Judiciary Committee on Monday heard close to four hours of testimony from supporters and opponents of the constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in Indiana. Committee chair State Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) opted not to hold a vote that day.
The Indianapolis Star reports that several Republicans on the 13-person committee are still undecided on the issue. Three of those Republicans would have to vote with four Democrats to defeat HJR 3 in committee.
Among the committee members is State Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville). As recently as December, McMillin said he will vote for the amendment because he believes voters should decide the issue. If the amendment passes the House and Senate by the end of the 2014 legislative session, it would go to a statewide vote in November.
“What people need to understand about this issue is that what we at the legislature are voting on is not whether or not to put it into the constitution,” McMillin told Eagle 99.3 in November. “What we are voting on in the legislature is whether the people of Indiana should be able to decide. We don’t have referendums in Indiana, so there is only one way for the people to have a direct vote on the issue.”
House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) said he wants to see the amendment bill reach the House floor.
In his State of the State address Tuesday, Governor Mike Pence – he’s repeatedly voiced his belief in traditional marriage between a man and a woman – asked that lawmakers reach a decision on the marriage issue this year.