Indiana Marriage Amendment (2014)

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An Indiana Marriage Amendment will not appear on the 2014 ballot in the state of Indiana as a proposed legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, which was in the 2014 legislative session as HJR 3, would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman.[1]

HJR 6, the predecessor of the 2014 effort for a similar measure, also noted that the "legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized."[2]

The state already has a law that bans gay marriage. A constitutional amendment passed by voters, however, would protect that law in state courts.[3]

The proposal was primarily supported by Representatives P. Eric Turner (R-32) and David Cheatham (D-62).[4]

The proposed constitutional amendment, HJR 3, was altered in January 2014, requiring the legislature to vote on the new language during the next two consecutive sessions. This made 2016 the earliest the altered measure could appear on the ballot.[5]


In 2005, the Indiana General Assembly approved a similar marriage measure. The proposal however, never made it to the statewide ballot. In 2006, Democrats won control of the House. The measure failed to pass. In order to appear on the ballot, constitutional amendments must be approved in two successive legislative sessions of the general assembly.[6]


The following is information obtained from the supporting side of the measure:

Supporters of the proposed measure argue that although the state of Indiana already bans same-sex marriage, the amendment would prevent courts from overturning the law.[7]


The following is information obtained from the opposing side the measure:

  • Rep. Edward Clere (R-72) was reportedly the only House Republican to oppose the proposed measure. Clere said that while he believed the proposal was well-intended, he did not think it addresses real problems.[8]
  • Executives from Eli Lilly and Co., an Indiana based pharmaceutical company, and Cummins Inc., an OEM engine manufacturer headquartered in Indiana, argued that the proposed measure could hurt Indiana's image. Other top state companies said they were worried about the ability to recruit employees should the measure be approved.[7]

Tactics and strategies

  • On March 14, 2011 opponents of the proposed marriage amendment gathered in Indianapolis. According to reports, "hundreds of protesters" gathered for the event.[9]


See also: Polls, 2013 ballot measures
  • A March 10-13, 2011, poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research revealed that 43% of the 400 polled registered Indiana voters supported the proposed amendment, while 47% were opposed. A total of 11% said they remained undecided. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.9 percent. The poll was commissioned by Indiana Equality Action.[10]
  • A November 12-24, 2012, poll conducted by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University revealed that 38% of the 602 polled Indiana adults support the proposed amendment, while 54% are opposed. A total of 8% said they remained undecided. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.5 percent.[11]

     Position is ahead and at or over 50%     Position is ahead or tied, but under 50%

Date of Poll Pollster In favor Opposed Undecided Number polled
March 10-13, 2011 Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research 43% 47% 11% 400
November 12-24, 2012 Bowen Center for Public Affairs 38% 54% 8% 602

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Indiana Constitution

In order to send a constitutional amendment to the ballot, a majority vote is required (in two successive sessions of) the Indiana General Assembly. Indiana is one of 12 states where proposed amendments are considered in two successive sessions of the state's legislature. The proposed measure may appear on the 2014 statewide ballot.[12]

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  1. One News Now, "Indiana marriage bill may get stalled again," February 11, 2010
  2. Indiana Legislature,"HJR 6 text," accessed February 14, 2011
  3. Washington Blade,"Ind. House panel approves marriage amendment," February 7, 2011
  4. On Top Magazine,"Indiana House Panel To Consider Gay Marriage Ban," February 7, 2011
  5. Chicago Tribune, "Vote on gay marriage ban amendment delayed at least two years in Indiana," February 13, 2014
  6. The Indy Channel,"Same-Sex Marriage Vote Looms In House," February 14, 2011
  7. 7.0 7.1 Associated Press,"Top Indiana companies worried by proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage, civil unions," March 16, 2011
  8. News and,"Vote expected on same sex marriage ban," March 16, 2011
  9. WFPL,"Hundreds Rally in Indiana Against Same-Sex Marriage Ban," March 14, 2011
  10. Indiana Equality Action,"Current attitudes about LGBT rights in Indiana," March 2011
  11. Ball State University,"WISH TV/BALL STATE UNIVERSITY 2012 HOOSIER SURVEY," December 12, 2012
  12. Indiana Statesman,"State lawmakers propose constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages," February 9, 2011
  13. The Indy Channel,"Indiana GOP Leaders Renew Gay Marriage Ban Push," February 7, 2011
  14. The Republic,"Republican-controlled Indiana House approves constitutional amendment banning gay marriage," February 15, 2011
  15. Associated Press,"Amendment to ban gay unions advances," February 16, 2011
  16. WCSI 1010,"Gay Marriage Ban Clears Another Hurdle," March 24, 2011
  17. Indiana Legislature,"Joint Resolution 6 Committee Report," March 24, 2011
  18. South Bend Tribune,"Indiana Senate OKs amendment to ban gay marriages," March 29, 2011
  19. WIBC,"Senate Approves Constitutional Ban on Gay Marriage," March 29, 2011
  20.,"Proposed same-sex marriage ban passes out of committee," January 22, 2014
  21. Post-Tribune,"Indiana House amends marriage ban language," January 27, 2014
  22. Fox News,"Indiana House approves constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages," January 28, 2014
  23.,"Senate committee passes stripped gay marriage ban bill," February 10, 2014
  24. AP,"Indiana Senate approves diluted gay marriage ban," February 17, 2014