Same-Sex Marriage

5:12 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

"Optimism" Among Gay Hoosiers as SCOTUS Hears Marriage Case

The Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments over the constitutionality of gay marriage Tuesday.
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After traveling to Washington, D.C., for the Supreme Court arguments on gay marriage, one of the plaintiffs in the case against Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban says he’s cautiously optimistic.

Greg Hasty and his husband C.J. Vallero were one of many couples who stood outside the U.S. Supreme Court to express their views on the same-sex marriage debate.

Hasty wasn’t able to get into the actual courtroom—there’s only room for a few members of the public--but he says after being in D.C. and listening to the arguments he’s eagerly awaiting the court’s decision.

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Politics & Government
2:13 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Senate Committee Approves HJR-3

Supporters of HJR-3 rally at the statehouse Monday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

A Senate committee Monday approved HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.  The debate surrounding the measure shifted during Monday’s hearing, focusing more on the restoration of the amendment’s controversial second sentence.

The House removed HJR-3’s second sentence, which bans civil unions, after concerns were raised it could prohibit domestic partnership benefits.  Proponents of the measure, including Governor Mike Pence, are calling on the Senate to reinsert that language. 

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5:41 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

HJR-3 Assigned to House Rules Committee

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.  HJR-3 is the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.


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Politics & Government
4:53 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Indiana House Passes Amended HJR-3

The Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.
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The House Tuesday approved the amended version of HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.

The House voted Monday to alter HJR-3, taking out the measure’s controversial second sentence banning civil unions.  That version of the amendment passed the House by a comfortable margin Tuesday, 57 to 40. 

The change also restarts the ratification process, potentially putting it on the ballot in 2016, instead of this fall. 

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says simply removing the second sentence isn’t enough:

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Politics & Government
4:06 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

House Votes to Change HJR-3

The empty chambers of the Indiana House of Representatives.
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A bipartisan group of House lawmakers Monday voted to remove a portion of HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.  The change would also restart the ratification process.

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. 

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Politics & Government
4:38 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Committee Approves HJR-3, Sets Up Indiana House Vote

Indiana House chambers were packed Wednesday as the House Elections Committee heard testimony on HJR-3.
Credit Gretchen Frazee / Indiana Public Broadcasting

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.

The House Judiciary Committee last week took more than three hours of testimony on the proposed amendment known as HJR-3.  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. 

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Politics & Government
2:29 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Procedural Move Makes Gay Marriage Vote Likely Soon

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma.
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House Speaker Brian Bosma announced Tuesday he is reassigning the proposed same sex marriage ban amendment to a new committee.  The move is designed to ensure the amendment reaches the House floor.

The proposed same sex marriage ban amendment known as HJR-3 was initially assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.  But after a more than three hour long hearing last Monday, committee chairman Greg Steuerwald didn’t call for a vote.  

Speaker Brian Bosma says Steuerwald told him he doubts the amendment would have passed the committee and advanced to the House floor.

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5:24 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

GOP Poll Shows Hoosiers Want to Vote on Gay Marriage Amendment

Speaker Brian Bosma says a recent poll commissioned by House and Senate Republicans clearly indicates  that Hoosiers want to have their say at the ballot box on the proposed amendment banning same sex  marriage.  

The House and Senate GOP caucuses commissioned a phone survey of registered voters that took place  last week asking Hoosiers for their view on the same sex marriage ban amendment known as HJR-3.  

53 percent of those surveyed say they support the amendment, contrary to earlier poll numbers put out by  Freedom Indiana, a coalition opposing the measure.  

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Politics & Government
5:00 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Gay Marriage Ban Gets Its First Hearing at the Statehouse

The Indiana State Capitol in Indianapolis.

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.

The House Judiciary Committee audience was a sea of red – that’s the color opponents of the marriage amendment known as HJR-3 chose to wear.  Those who testified before the committee in opposition to the amendment were from a diverse background – there were leaders from Indiana’s business and faith communities, legal experts and average citizens. 

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Politics & Government
4:00 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Bill Aims to Clarify Gay Marriage Ban; Legislators Disagee On Its Meaning

Indiana Senate President Pro-Tem David Long at the statehouse Thursday.
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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. 

But GOP leaders still can’t agree on what the amendment or companion bill will do.

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