Indiana Senate Passes Amended Marriage Ban

I admit that the way things are worded seems to be intentionally confusing. I am hoping that Not Just a Blonde can read this and comment on it as she is from Indiana. The title seems to indicate it’s not so good news, but the body of the story says otherwise.

The Indiana Senate gave final approval Monday to the amended version of a proposed statewide constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples, restarting the years-long process that ultimately puts off a voter referendum on the matter until at least 2016.

Even though the measure passed, LGBT advocates at the Freedom Indiana coalition celebrated Monday’s vote as a victory, saying proponents’ plan to put the question before voters this year was thwarted.
“We can finally breathe a collective sigh of relief that lawmakers are finished with the amendment this session, and it will not appear on the ballot this November,” said Megan Robertson, campaign manager at Freedom Indiana.

Lawmakers in the GOP-controlled chamber voted 32-17 on House Joint Resolution 3, which the body advanced to a final reading last week even though it was stripped of language banning civil unions and other similar arrangements by the state’s House — disqualifying the ban from appearing on this November’s ballot.

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