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4:40 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

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.

The Senate voted 32-17 this afternoon in favor of the measure.

The vote comes after the Senate approved a version last week which would force a delay in the referendum.

Indiana senators advanced the proposed ban without a provision that would ban civil unions. Under the state's constitutional amendment process, the civil unions ban needed to be included in the amendment for it to be placed on this November's ballot.

The Senate's decision last week marked a victory for opponents of the marriage ban just three years after legislators approved the amendment with broad support.