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Amended Marriage Amendment Heads to Senate

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The Indiana House has voted 57-40 to send their amended marriage amendment to the state Senate. House Joint Resolution 3 would place a constitutional ban on gay marriage in the state, but because of a change made Monday, if it's approved this session, it likely wouldn't go before Hoosier voters in a referendum for at least a couple more years, instead of this November. Earlier this week the House took out the controversial second sentence that legal experts said had the potential to prevent employers from providing benefits to same-sex partners.
Before the vote, Hammond State Representative Linda Lawson spoke on the House floor. "Discrimination is an ugly mean thing, it's ugly and it's mean," Lawson said.  "There is absolutely no reason why anyone in this world should be discriminated against for any reason whatsoever.  I ask you to please, please vote no."
After the vote Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath from Michigan City issued this statement:

“While some may think that the removal of the second sentence of this onerous legislation might be the beginning of the end for this misguided effort, I think it is better to say that it is the end of the beginning.
“Consider that the measure still must pass through the mysterious ways of the Indiana Senate. Just as the second sentence was removed in the Indiana House, it certainly can be put back into HJR 3 by our state senators, which means we will be right back at square one on this issue.
“But even if the Senate finds favor with the will expressed on Monday by a bipartisan group of House members, there remains one inescapable fact. This disturbing and nationally embarrassing debate will continue to consume our energies.
“As it now stands, in 2016, the people of Indiana still will have to go through a divisive debate on some of the most personal issues that anyone can face. We have not dismantled this stink bomb…we have simply placed a longer fuse on it before it detonates in all our faces.
“This legislation remains completely unnecessary. As I’ve said from Day One, we should be spending our time on Indiana’s real problems.
“There is only one true response to this issue. HJR 3 must be tossed into the trash and never allowed to see the light of day…now or in any other year.”


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