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.
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.
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.
A bipartisan coalition of community, faith and business leaders opposing Indiana’s proposed amendment banning same sex marriage is promising a well-funded campaign against lawmakers who support the measure.
The General Assembly approved a constitutional amendment in 2011 banning same-sex marriage. The legislature must pass it again next year. Then it would go to the voters in the 2014 November general election.
The newly-formed Freedom Indiana is vowing to fight its passage.