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Indiana House passes anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment 57-40

The Indiana House on Tuesday approved a proposal to change the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The vote on House Joint Resolution 3 was 57-40.

The bill now moves to the Senate, which must approve the amended language. Yesterday, a sentence that banned ANY legal relationship that is “identical or substantially similar” to marriage was removed from the amendment.

If the Senate approves the bill as passed today, it will not go to the ballot in 2014.

A constitutional amendment needs to pass two consecutive, separately-elected General Assemblies and be approved by a voter majority in a public referendum before becoming part of the constitution.

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