(INDIANAPOLIS) - An Indiana House committee did not vote as scheduled on a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.
The ban's opponents packed a House Judiciary Committee hearing Monday, wearing red to signal their opposition. Other protesters packed the halls outside the House chamber.
The committee heard testimony but did not vote on the proposed amendment and companion legislation. Indiana already bans gay marriage in state law. But supporters of the amendment say it would strengthen that ban against potential court challenges.
Altering the constitution requires votes in two consecutive two-year sessions of the General Assembly and the support of voters. The proposal passed the Legislature in 2011 with little opposition.
But a coalition of businesses, universities and gay rights groups formed last summer in opposition to the amendment and has had some success in changing minds.
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