Committee passes marriage amendment

January 22nd, 2014 at 8:18 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

A committee in the Indiana House of Representatives passed the marriage amendment Wednesday on a 9-to-3 party line vote.

Republicans voted for the measure that would lead to a permanent ban on gay marriage.

“If marriage can be anything or everything, it means nothing,” said Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola.)  “Marriage is between a man and a woman and I believe the people of Indiana are demanding the right to vote to put that in their constitution.”

Democrats voted no.

“I think we can all be the right side of history with a no vote,” said Rep. Phil GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne.)

The vote came following a public hearing that lasted 4-and-a-half hours.

A floor vote in the Indiana House of Representatives will now take place next week.  If the marriage amendment passes both Houses in the General Assembly there will a referendum on it in November.

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