Indiana Senate gives proposed marriage amendment the green light
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. The measure would define marriage as between one man and one woman. 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."
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.