Indiana Senate gives proposed marriage amendment the green light

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March 30, 2011

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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana: A proposed constitutional amendment passed it's first hurdle on Tuesday, March 29. The Indiana State Senate voted 40-10 in favor of an Indiana Marriage Amendment.[1] The measure would define marriage as between one man and one woman.[2] Also known as HJR 6, the measure also notes that the "legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized."[3]

In February the House approved the measure following a 70-26 vote. However, in order to qualify a measure for the ballot in the state of Indiana, a majority vote is required in two successive sessions of the Indiana General Assembly. The measure will be re-considered in the 2013 session and may appear on the ballot either as early as 2013 or 2014.

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