Senate Committee Hearing For HJR 3 Monday
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The fight over a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage continues at the Indiana Statehouse this week.
The Senate Rules Committee is scheduled to hear testimony from people on both side of the House Joint Resolution 3 argument Monday afternoon. The proposed amendment would revise Indiana’s constitution to define marriage in the state as the union of one man and one woman.
If HJR 3 passes the committee, the proposal heads to the full state Senate for consideration.
The House passed the amendment nearly two weeks ago. However, lawmakers there removed the second sentence of HJR 3 that would have outlawed same-sex civil unions. The Senate could vote to put that sentence back in.
HJR 3 passed the state legislature in 2011 as HJR 6, with the second sentence intact. Unless the legislature passes the amendment with the second sentence this year, a statewide vote on the issue would be delayed until at least 2016.