Indiana Marriage Amendment Passes Committee 7-3


---Breaking news from Indiana, the state marriage amendment passed the committee by a vote of 7-3. Word is the fight will be over whether to amend it on the floor to permit civil unions. Any amendment kills the bill, because it has to pass both the House and the Senate in exactly the same version.

Update - the Associated Press has picked up the news as has the local Journal Gazette.

ATTN INDIANA MARRIAGE DEFENDERS: Take part in NOM's Indiana Action Alert and tell your state senators to vote on the bill as it's written and without delay!


  1. Mike P.
    Posted March 23, 2011 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    It has passed the Senate several times before; I believe last time the vote was 38-10. The House has always been the problem, because the Dem leadership kept it from coming up. Of course, the amendment was passed on 2005, too; the key will be holding onto the legislature in 2012, and then getting on the ballot in 2014 (for those who are unaware: Indiana's Constitution requires an amendment to be passed in two successive sessions of the legislature). Hopefully a favorable redistricting process will help pro-marriage legislators maintain control of the legislature and ensure that is passes again.

  2. Mike
    Posted March 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    If this passes the Senate like it has 5 times, and passes General Assembly in 2013 or 2014, People will vote on it in 2014. Im pretty sure if that is the case, the voters will vote for it. Most Hoosiers are republicans like 60% of them are so really good chance. Plus, the language in the bill would make it illegal for a judge to overturn it as well. So once its in, no judge can overturn the law. Only way the law can be overturned is if the general assembly applies to remove it from the constitution.

    Go Indiana!

  3. Posted March 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Permalink


    In trying times, we must maintain our moral standards, now more than ever.

  4. SC Guy
    Posted March 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    I twice tried to comment on this and for some reason my comments didn't make it through?

  5. Don
    Posted March 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    SC Guy:

    Welcome to the club, LOL! 😉

  6. catholicdad
    Posted March 23, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Gee and I thought it was just me 🙂

  7. John N.
    Posted March 23, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Mike P. and Mike: hang in there and happy for Indiania. I used to live in South Bend in 1995.

  8. Don
    Posted March 23, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    Zak Jones:

    ROFL! 🙂

    Hey, Zak, easy on that "man to man" stuff. I'm NOT that kind of guy, you know.;-)

  9. Zak Jones
    Posted March 24, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    I was going to say "head to head" but I thought someone would make that into an innuendo.

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