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State Senate Approved Constitutional Ban On Same-Sex Marriage
Updated February 17, 2014 4:12 PM | Filed under: Politics
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - The state senate has approved the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, known as HJR-3.

By a vote of 32-17, lawmakers approved the controversial measure, but because of previous changes made by lawmakers, the resolution will not be on this year's ballot.

Lawmakers met for nearly three hours behind closed doors Monday before going into session.

You can watch the vote live on the General Assembly web site.

Still, Monday's vote was somewhat overshadowed by one state senator's "war of words" on Twitter.

Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, held a news conference Monday morning at the Indiana Statehouse to address his controversial social media posts last week surrounding HJR-3.

Last Thursday, the lawmaker posted a string of controversial tweets and comments on his Twitter feed regarding the debate about a gay marriage amendment to the Indiana constitution.

The Republican senator had proposed to restore original language to the gay marriage legislation, HJR-3, that would have included restrictions on civil unions and domestic partnerships. The measure failed to move forward in the senate Thursday and the bill became ineligible to be placed on the fall ballot.

The resolution would not be able to go to voters until 2016 at the soonest, since proposed constitutional amendments have to pass two consecutive, separately elected legislatures with the exact same wording.

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