In 2011, lawmakers in Indiana approved a proposal for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Such amendments require passage in two consecutive legislative sessions before advancing to a referendum, which means it must be approved again during the 2013-2014 session to proceed. Indiana Republicans announced today, however, that they would not press for a vote this year, citing apprehensions that how the Supreme Court rules on marriage equality could impact the viability of the proposed change. The amendment is not dead, because they could still advance it to the ballot in 2014. A December poll showed that while Indiana voters are split on supporting same-sex marriage, a 54 percent majority opposes the amendment.
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POLL: Indiana Split On Marriage Equality, Opposed To Amendment | A new survey shows that Indiana voters are split 45-45 on the issue of marriage equality, but only 38 percent support the proposed constitutional amendment banning. Despite this low support, Republican lawmakers are still planning to follow through on the amendment’s second legislative vote, which could advance it to a referendum. Civil unions have stronger support, with 55 percent favoring them and only 37 percent opposed.
Indiana Republicans Will Continue Pursuit Of Anti-Equality Amendment | In 2011, Republican state lawmakers in Indiana advanced a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage by overwhelming majorities. The amendment must be passed again by both the House and Senate in 2013 or 2014 before it goes to voters for a referendum, and it seems lawmakers are prepared to keep it moving forward. The amendment’s author, Rep. Eric Turner (R), is unfazed by marriage equality’s progress in this election, believing that Indiana has more in common with the many states that have successfully passed similar bans. A House leadership meeting next month will determine the amendment’s fate. (HT: Towleroad.)