The Indiana House Elections and Apportionment Committee voted 9-3 along party lines Wednesday evening to advance House Joint Resolution 3, a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. It also passed a bill that expresses legislative intent in regards to how the amendment should be enforced. House Speaker Brian Bosma (R) assigned the amendment to this committee on Tuesday after it seemed like the Judiciary Committee might not approve it. The amendment now advances to the House floor.
Among those who testified in favor of HJR 3 were Curt Smith of the Indiana Family Institute, Kellie Fiedorek of the Alliance Defending Freedom, Ken Klukowski of the Family Research Council, Glen Tebbe of the Indiana Catholic Conference, Micah Clark of the American Family Association of Indiana, Ron Johnson of the Indiana Family Institute’s Indiana Pastors Alliance, and Eric Miller of Advance America. Though the three present Democrats asked many questions, Republicans on the committee were silent for the more than four hours of testimony.
The Indiana General Assembly previously approved the amendment in 2011. It must now be approved again during this legislative session before it can advance to voters for approval.