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Region Leaders React to HJR-3 Missing November Ballot

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By Hilary Powell and Associated Press

February 14, 2014 — Local legislators and activists are reacting to a vote that ends current talk on a same-sex marriage debate in the state senate.

Indiana voters will not spot a same-sex marriage amendment on ballots come November.

The Indiana Senate made no changes to House Joint Resolution Three Thursday.

Since the language was already amended by the House of Representatives earlier this session the legislation will start anew in 2015. Unlike a bill, a constitutional amendment must pass through two separately elected General Assemblies with the same language intact.

Senators will move forward with a version in which the House axed a sentence banning civil unions.

Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Jim Arnold of La Porte says the constitutional ban would make it “more difficult for some of Indiana’s top employers to recruit and retain top talent.”

In a statement freedom Indiana campaign manager Megan Robertson, a Portage native,  says the move is a “huge victory.”

 

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