Amended HJR3 Passes Thru Indiana House
January 29., 2014 — Indiana Public Broadcasting —
Indiana House Republicans say Hoosiers deserve the right to vote on HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, the amendment passed the House Tuesday:
The House voted Monday to alter HJR-3, taking out the measure’s controversial second sentence banning civil unions. That version of the amendment passed the House by a comfortable margin Tuesday, 57 to 40. The change also restarts the ratification process, potentially putting it on the ballot in 2016, instead of this fall. Whiteland Republican Representative Woody Burton says HJR-3’s opponents got enough when the second sentence was removed:
“Where do we say it’s time to draw the line in the sand and say, now look, these people want to live a life style? This is their right. It’s not my job to judge them; my faith tells me that somebody else higher up’s going to judge people other than me so I don’t pass judgment on anybody. But I do say that there’s some times when they’re trying to force some type of an object on us, on everybody else, that the people have a right to speak.”
But Bloomington Democratic Representative Matt Pierce says lawmakers weren’t elected to be a conveyor belt for constitutional amendments:
“We are given the job not of saying, ‘Here’s the choice for you to make, people.’ Our job is to say, ‘We think the constitution is worthy of being amended in this way.’”
The amended version of HJR-3 now heads to the Senate, where the second sentence could be reinserted.