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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.
The Republican-led measure passed the Senate Rules Committee Monday by a vote of 8-4. It now goes to the full Senate.
The measure cleared the House last month after language was removed that would
have banned civil unions.
Gov. Mike Pence and other Republicans want the provision to be restored so the
proposal can go before voters in the fall.
During public testimony, Doug Mainwaring told the panel that he’s opposed to same-sex marriage even though he is gay.
"Denying children parents of both genders at home is an objective evil. Kids need
and yearn for both. They deserve both a mother and a father," he said.
Among those testifying against the measure was Rev. Melody
Meredith, who chairs the Interfaith Coalition on Non-Discrimination, or ICON.
"We hope and we pray that you, the members of this committee, will take the
higher road and find the courage to protect all Hoosier families," she said.
Hundreds of opponents and supporters of the proposal gathered outside the Senate
chambers as the committee considered the measure.