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Same-sex marriage amendment passes Senate

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The resolution seeking to ban same-sex marriage in the Indiana Constitution passed the Senate Monday, meaning the soonest voters may have a say in the matter is 2016.

Senators voted 32-17 to pass House Joint Resolution 3, the resolution that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Initially, the resolution included another sentence: “A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.”

This sentence raised concerns for some regarding the potential impact on heterosexual couples and was taken out by the House of Representatives before moving the resolution to the Senate. Senators declined to put that sentence back in the amendment. Because the language in HJR3 approved by both houses differs from the language previously approved, this new version will need to be approved by the Indiana General Assembly in 2015 or 2016 before voters could get a chance to weigh in.

The decision to not reinsert the second sentence in HRJ3 led Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, to call a press conference where he chastised Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne. Delp said he wanted the measure to go back to second reading, and he voted against approving HJR3 Monday. The press conference came after Delph took to Twitter last week where he responded to critics and called out certain churches for not supporting the resolution.
 

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  1. I just wanted to point out that Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Senator Feinstein, former Senate majority leader Bill Frist, and former attorney general John Ashcroft are responsible for this rubbish. We need to keep a eye on these corrupt, arrogant, and incompetent fools.

  2. Well I guess our politicians have decided to give these idiot federal prosecutors unlimited power. Now if I guy bounces a fifty-dollar check, the U.S. attorney can intentionally wait for twenty-five years or so and have the check swabbed for DNA and file charges. These power hungry federal prosecutors now have unlimited power to mess with people. we can thank Wisconsin's Jim Sensenbrenner and Diane Feinstein, John Achcroft and Bill Frist for this one. Way to go, idiots.

  3. I wonder if the USSR had electronic voting machines that changed the ballot after it was cast? Oh well, at least we have a free media serving as vicious watchdog and exposing all of the rot in the system! (Insert rimshot)

  4. Jose, you are assuming those in power do not wish to be totalitarian. My experience has convinced me otherwise. Constitutionalists are nearly as rare as hens teeth among the powerbrokers "managing" us for The Glorious State. Oh, and your point is dead on, el correcta mundo. Keep the Founders’ (1791 & 1851) vision alive, my friend, even if most all others, and especially the ruling junta, chase only power and money (i.e. mammon)

  5. Hypocrisy in high places, absolute immunity handed out like Halloween treats (it is the stuff of which tyranny is made) and the belief that government agents are above the constitutions and cannot be held responsible for mere citizen is killing, perhaps has killed, The Republic. And yet those same power drunk statists just reel on down the hallway toward bureaucratic fascism.

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