Senate to Take on Marriage Amendment

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A proposed constitutional amendment that would further define marriage is set to be heard today by the Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee. The measure cleared the House last month after language involving domestic partner benefits and civil unions was removed. Our partners at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis report the proposal is expected to be approved by the committee and move on to the full Senate. You can view the full House Joint Resolution by clicking here.

The vote could still go before Hoosier voters in November if the language relating to civil unions and domestic partner benefits is restored by the Senate and then passed by the House.

If both chambers approve the revised version during the second half of the current session, a referendum is unlikely until 2016.

HJR-3 opponents say it could stifle job-attraction efforts, while supporters are pushing for the issue to be put to the voters of Indiana.

Sources: WTHR-TV, Inside INdiana Business, The Indiana General Assembly