On Monday, the Indiana Senate Rules Committee voted 8-4 along party lines to advance House Joint Resolution 3, which would add an amendment to Indiana’s constitution banning same-sex marriage. It now advances to the full Senate for consideration.
The version of HJR-3 advanced Monday is the amended version passed by the House last month. This version stripped the second sentence of the amendment, which would also ban civil unions and domestic partnerships. Because it differs from the amendment passed in 2011, it could not go to the ballot if approved in this form. Proponents of the amendment testified that the second sentence should be added back in.
If the amendment advances to the ballot, the campaign to pass it could devastate the gay community.