On Tuesday afternoon, the Indiana House voted 57-40 to approve its revised version House Joint Resolution 3, which would amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The House voted Monday to change the language of the amendment, removing a sentence that would have banned civil unions, domestic partnerships, and possibly any benefit that might have been extended to a same-sex couple.
The revised amendment now heads to the Senate for consideration. If the Senate approves the new version, it will have to wait until the next legislative session for a second vote, meaning it could not be placed on the ballot until probably 2016 at the earliest. The Senate, however, could restore the original language that was passed in 2011, and the two versions would have to be reconciled in conference. If the 2011 language prevails, it would be sent to voters this November. The campaign to support passage of that referendum would have a psychologically devastating impact on Indiana’s gay community.