Same-Sex Marriage http://wboi.org en Senate Committee Approves HJR-3 http://wboi.org/post/senate-committee-approves-hjr-3 <p>A Senate committee Monday approved HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.&nbsp; The debate surrounding the measure shifted during Monday’s hearing, focusing more on the restoration of the amendment’s controversial second sentence.</p><p>The House removed HJR-3’s second sentence, which bans civil unions, after concerns were raised it could prohibit domestic partnership benefits.&nbsp; Proponents of the measure, including Governor Mike Pence, are calling on the Senate to reinsert that language.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:13:10 +0000 Brandon Smith 26448 at http://wboi.org Senate Committee Approves HJR-3 HJR-3 Assigned to House Rules Committee http://wboi.org/post/hjr-3-assigned-house-rules-committee <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Senate President Pro Tem David Long announced Thursday he will assign HJR-3 to the House Rules Committee and hopes to get it to the floor without changes.&nbsp; HJR-3 is the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:41:12 +0000 Brandon Smith 25987 at http://wboi.org Indiana House Passes Amended HJR-3 http://wboi.org/post/indiana-house-passes-amended-hjr-3 <p>The House Tuesday approved the amended version of HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.</p><p>The House voted Monday to alter HJR-3, taking out the measure’s controversial second sentence banning civil unions.&nbsp; That version of the amendment passed the House by a comfortable margin Tuesday, 57 to 40.&nbsp;</p><p>The change also restarts the ratification process, potentially putting it on the ballot in 2016, instead of this fall.&nbsp;</p><p>House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says simply removing the second sentence isn’t enough:</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:53:35 +0000 Brandon Smith 25876 at http://wboi.org Indiana House Passes Amended HJR-3 House Votes to Change HJR-3 http://wboi.org/post/house-votes-change-hjr-3 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bipartisan group of House lawmakers Monday voted to remove a portion of </span>HJR-3<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.&nbsp; The change would also restart the ratification process.</span></p><p>Twenty-three Republicans joined 29 Democrats to approve an amendment offered by West Lafayette Republican Representative Randy Truitt removing HJR-3’s second sentence, a portion that banned legal statuses “substantially similar” to marriage.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:06:39 +0000 Brandon Smith 25875 at http://wboi.org House Votes to Change HJR-3 Committee Approves HJR-3, Sets Up Indiana House Vote http://wboi.org/post/committee-approves-hjr-3-sets-indiana-house-vote <p>Many of the same faces, much of the same testimony, but a different result – a House committee Wednesday approved the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.</p><p>The House Judiciary Committee last week took more than three hours of testimony on the proposed amendment known as HJR-3.&nbsp; But that committee did not take a vote, and after concerns arose that it would not pass the committee, House Speaker Brian Bosma reassigned HJR-3 to the House Elections Committee.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:38:36 +0000 Brandon Smith 25674 at http://wboi.org Committee Approves HJR-3, Sets Up Indiana House Vote Procedural Move Makes Gay Marriage Vote Likely Soon http://wboi.org/post/procedural-move-makes-gay-marriage-vote-likely-soon <p>House Speaker Brian Bosma announced Tuesday he is reassigning the proposed same sex marriage ban amendment to a new committee.&nbsp; The move is designed to ensure the amendment reaches the House floor.</p><p>The proposed same sex marriage ban amendment known as HJR-3 was initially assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.&nbsp; But after a more than three hour long hearing last Monday, committee chairman Greg Steuerwald didn’t call for a vote. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:29:42 +0000 Brandon Smith 25624 at http://wboi.org Procedural Move Makes Gay Marriage Vote Likely Soon GOP Poll Shows Hoosiers Want to Vote on Gay Marriage Amendment http://wboi.org/post/gop-poll-shows-hoosiers-want-vote-gay-marriage-amendment <div><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Speaker Brian Bosma says a recent poll commissioned by House and Senate Republicans clearly indicates&nbsp;&nbsp;that Hoosiers want to have their say at the ballot box on the proposed amendment banning same sex&nbsp;&nbsp;marriage. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:24:12 +0000 Brandon Smith 25439 at http://wboi.org Gay Marriage Ban Gets Its First Hearing at the Statehouse http://wboi.org/post/gay-marriage-ban-gets-its-first-hearing-statehouse <p>People on both sides of the debate over Indiana’s proposed same sex marriage ban amendment spoke passionately for hours in front of a packed House chamber Monday, as the amendment made its first legislative stop in a House committee.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:00:38 +0000 Brandon Smith 25309 at http://wboi.org Gay Marriage Ban Gets Its First Hearing at the Statehouse Bill Aims to Clarify Gay Marriage Ban; Legislators Disagee On Its Meaning http://wboi.org/post/bill-aims-clarify-gay-marriage-ban-legislators-disagee-its-meaning <p></p><p>Republican legislative leaders say a companion bill to the state’s proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage is meant to ease concerns some have expressed over the potential effect of the amendment.&nbsp;</p><p>But GOP leaders still can’t agree on what the amendment or companion bill will do.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:00:24 +0000 Brandon Smith 25173 at http://wboi.org Bill Aims to Clarify Gay Marriage Ban; Legislators Disagee On Its Meaning Legislature Could Take Up Ban On Same-sex Marriage http://wboi.org/post/legislature-could-take-ban-same-sex-marriage <p>In a few weeks the Indiana legislature will make a decision on whether to vote on a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage. If it passes, it will go before voters next year.</p><p></p><p>If you thought that same-sex marriage was already illegal in Indiana, you’d be right. Current state law says marriage is between one man, and one woman, and that’s that. Also banned is any kind of legal recognition for same sex couples, including domestic partnerships and civil unions.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:15:13 +0000 Virginia Alvino 24461 at http://wboi.org Legislature Could Take Up Ban On Same-sex Marriage