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3:58 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Indiana GOP State Senator Sanctioned After Criticism of Gay Marriage Vote

Indiana State Sen. Mike Delph
Indiana General Assembly

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.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long and other members of his leadership team told Sen. Mike Delph that he would lose his ranking within the GOP caucus, his seat in the Senate chamber among other Republicans and his press secretary.     Delph will now sit among the Senate Democrats.

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Local News
4:40 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Indiana Senate Approves Altered Gay Marriage Amendment

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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.

Local News
6:20 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Indiana Gay Marriage Amendment Won't Be On November Ballot

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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.

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.

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Local News
6:31 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

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.

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Local News
4:39 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Altered Gay Marriage Ban Amendment Clears Indiana House

A proposal to place a ban on gay marriage in the Indiana constitution has been approved by the state House of Representatives.

The altered measure leaves the door open for civil unions and employer benefits for same-sex couples.

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.     

That change would also lengthen the process of amending the state constitution, but the clause could be reinserted by Senate Republicans.

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Local News
10:21 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Indiana House to Consider Altered Gay Marriage Amendment

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.

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.

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Local News
4:26 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Indiana AG Quizzed About Proposed Gay Marriage Amendment

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.

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.

Zoeller represents state lawmakers and other state officials in court and often provides legal advice.

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4:04 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

"Right to Hunt" Measure Clears Indiana Senate

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.

The Indiana Senate voted 38-10 today  in favor of the proposed amendment. It would go before voters in the 2014 general election if the House also approves the proposal.

Indiana would join 17 other states, including Kentucky, with similar constitutional protections for hunting and fishing. Supporters say the measures are needed because those activities are threatened by animal-rights activists.

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2:57 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Won't Take Up Same-Sex Marriage Amendment This Year

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.

House Speaker Brian Bosma  and Senate President Pro Tem David Long said today  that their respective caucuses decided the issue should wait until the 2014 session.

Long and Bosma have said they are apprehensive of taking on the issue before the Supreme Court rules on related cases this summer. Social conservatives in the House and Senate had pressed them to tackle the issue this year.

4:23 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Lawmakers: Decision Coming Next Week on Indiana Gay Marriage Amendment

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.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long and Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma say they will make their decision after consulting with their respective caucuses next week.

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.

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