April 15, 2011

Marriage amendment passes House and Senate

House Joint Resolution 6 (HJR 6), also known as the Marriage Amendment, has passed both houses of the Indiana General Assembly. The resolution seeks to add an amendment to Indiana’s Constitution that would only allow couples consisting of one man and one woman to marry.

While this language is currently a part of Indiana law, the author of the amendment, Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, said the amendment is necessary to ensure that the law is upheld in court.

The House approved the measure 70-26, and the Senate passed the legislation 40-10.

For the resolution to become part of Indiana’s Constitution, the exact language of HJR 6 would have to be passed by a separately elected, consecutive General Assembly. For example, those elected in the 2012 election would have to pass the same language in 2013.

If passed in 2013, the language would be placed on a referendum vote for Hoosiers to approve before it could become part of the Indiana Constitution.

The Indiana Catholic Conference supports the Marriage Amendment. †

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