Thursday, February 13, 2014

Indiana Senate Allows HJR3 Marriage Amendment to be Engrossed on Second Reading - Amendment will not appear on 2014 Ballot

13 February 2014

In what appears to be a calculated move to get HJR3 on the ballot the Indiana Senate today allowed HJR3 to be engrossed on second reading. By not amending the House version the Senate could vote to approve the engrossed resolution thereby allowing the next session of the Indiana General Assembly to consider the resolution. When the House amended the Resolution earlier in the session by removing the repressive Second Sentence it was no longer the version passed by the previous Assembly. Thus, the proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution will not appear on the 2014 Ballot. A proposed constitutional amendment must pass two Assemblies before being tendered to the voters by referendum.

HJR3 Marriage Amendment is a resolution to define marriage in the Indiana Constitution as between one man and one woman.

Second Sentence, which would have barred government actors from recognizing relationships similar to marriage, was removed by amendment in the House where the measure passed by a vote of 57-40. You may read my Report to the Senate on Second Sentence to learn how it would impact Indiana Child Custody cases.

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