Indiana Senate approves constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage Nicholas Tomsho at 11:41 AM ET
[JURIST] The Indiana Senate [official website] on Monday approved [text] a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would prohibit same-sex marriage in the state. The largely Republican Senate approved the amendment, sent from the Indiana House of Representatives after a change that removed a ban on same-sex civil unions, by a vote of 32-17. The proposed amendment must still be approved by both chambers of the General Assembly a second time before it can go before voters on a ballot initiative in 2016. Indiana already has statutory prohibitions on same-sex marriage, but a constitutional amendment would be a further hurdle for any judicial challenges to the state's marriage policy.
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