constitutional amendment http://wfpl.org en Indiana GOP State Senator Sanctioned After Criticism of Gay Marriage Vote http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-gop-state-senator-sanctioned-after-criticism-gay-marriage-vote <p>The top Republicans in the Indiana Senate have removed a conservative senator from leadership positions in the wake of an intraparty fight over amending the state's constitution to ban gay marriage.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:58:13 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 8667 at http://wfpl.org Indiana GOP State Senator Sanctioned After Criticism of Gay Marriage Vote Indiana Senate Approves Altered Gay Marriage Amendment http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-senate-approves-altered-gay-marriage-amendment The Indiana Senate has advanced a proposed constitutional marriage ban with language that pushes off the soonest public referendum until at least 2016.<p> The Senate voted 32-17 this afternoon in favor of the measure.<p> The vote comes after the Senate approved a version last week which would force a delay in the referendum.<p> Indiana senators advanced the proposed ban without a provision that would ban civil unions. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:40:04 +0000 Associated Press 8619 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Senate Approves Altered Gay Marriage Amendment Indiana Gay Marriage Amendment Won't Be On November Ballot http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-gay-marriage-amendment-wont-be-november-ballot Opponents of a proposed Indiana constitutional amendment banning gay marriage say they scored a "huge victory" when the state Senate advanced the measure without language barring civil unions.<p> The Senate decision Thursday effectively ends chances that the amendment will be put to voters before 2016. Indiana law requires proposed constitutional amendments to pass consecutive sessions of the Legislature in the same form twice before going to voters.<p> The civil unions language was included in the measure when it first passed in 2011. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:20:39 +0000 Associated Press 8588 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Gay Marriage Amendment Won't Be On November Ballot Indiana Gay Marriage Amendment Clears Senate Panel http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-gay-marriage-amendment-clears-senate-panel An Indiana Senate committee has approved a controversial proposal to write a gay marriage ban into the state constitution.<p> The Republican-led measure passed the Senate Rules Committee Monday by a vote of 8-4. It now goes to the full Senate.<p> The measure cleared the House last month after language was removed that would have banned civil unions.<p> Gov. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:31:33 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 8541 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Gay Marriage Amendment Clears Senate Panel Altered Gay Marriage Ban Amendment Clears Indiana House http://wfpl.org/post/altered-gay-marriage-ban-amendment-clears-indiana-house <p>A proposal to place a ban on gay marriage in the Indiana constitution has been approved by the state House of Representatives.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The altered measure leaves the door open for civil unions and employer benefits for same-sex couples.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers in the Republican-led House passed the proposal 57-40 after removing language that would ban recognition of anything “similar” to same-sex marriage. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:39:16 +0000 Rick Howlett 8390 at http://wfpl.org Altered Gay Marriage Ban Amendment Clears Indiana House Indiana House to Consider Altered Gay Marriage Amendment http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-house-consider-altered-gay-marriage-amendment <p>The Indiana House is poised to take up an altered proposal that would ban gay marriage in the state constitution, while leaving the door open for civil unions and employee benefits for same-sex couples.</p><p>A bipartisan group of lawmakers narrowly approved altering the proposed constitutional ban last night to remove language that would ban recognition of anything "similar" to marriage for same-sex couples. That section of the amendment had become a sticking point for many legislators who otherwise support the ban.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:21:16 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 8385 at http://wfpl.org Indiana House to Consider Altered Gay Marriage Amendment Indiana AG Quizzed About Proposed Gay Marriage Amendment http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-ag-quizzed-about-proposed-gay-marriage-amendment <p>Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he's been fielding numerous questions from lawmakers about the state’s gay marriage ban and a proposal to add it to the state constitution.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Zoeller said Friday he could not divulge details of those conversations because of attorney-client privilege, but he's been hearing extensively from both sides of the issue.</span></p><p>Zoeller represents state lawmakers and other state officials in court and often provides legal advice.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:26:14 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 8051 at http://wfpl.org Indiana AG Quizzed About Proposed Gay Marriage Amendment "Right to Hunt" Measure Clears Indiana Senate http://wfpl.org/post/right-hunt-measure-clears-indiana-senate <p></p><p>Indiana voters would decide in next year's election whether to add the right to hunt, fish and farm to the state constitution under a proposal approved by state senators.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Indiana Senate voted 38-10 today &nbsp;in favor of the proposed amendment. It would go before voters in the 2014 general election if the House also approves the proposal.</span></p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:04:30 +0000 Associated Press 3933 at http://wfpl.org "Right to Hunt" Measure Clears Indiana Senate Indiana Lawmakers Won't Take Up Same-Sex Marriage Amendment This Year http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-lawmakers-wont-take-same-sex-marriage-amendment-year <p></p><p>Indiana's Republican House and Senate leaders will wait a year before they take up an effort to write the state's gay marriage ban into the constitution.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Speaker Brian </span>Bosma&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and Senate President Pro </span>Tem<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> David Long said today &nbsp;that their respective caucuses decided the issue should wait until the 2014 session.</span></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 19:57:34 +0000 Associated Press 3868 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Lawmakers Won't Take Up Same-Sex Marriage Amendment This Year Lawmakers: Decision Coming Next Week on Indiana Gay Marriage Amendment http://wfpl.org/post/lawmakers-decision-coming-next-week-indiana-gay-marriage-amendment-0 <p></p><p>Indiana legislative leaders expect to decide soon whether to take up a proposal during the current session to write a gay marriage ban into the state constitution.</p><p>Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long and Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma&nbsp;say they will make their decision after consulting with their respective caucuses next week.</p><p>Their statements follow reports from the Evansville Courier and Press that a majority of lawmakers on the House and Senate panels that would vet the ban want to wait until next year.</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:23:28 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 3739 at http://wfpl.org Lawmakers: Decision Coming Next Week on Indiana Gay Marriage Amendment