Same-Sex Marriage Ban Passes State Senate Committee

By WISE Web News

Indiana Statehouse, Indianapolis.

February 10, 2014 Updated Feb 10, 2014 at 11:31 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (21Alive) - An Indiana senate panel approved a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in the Hoosier state on Monday night, sending the measure to the full State Senate.

The Senate Rules committee voted 8 to 4 in favor of the ban, but left out controversial second sentence that would ban civil unions.

That sets up a larger debate as to whether or not the ban on same-sex unions be reinstated with the legislation.

The Indiana House of Representatives removed the second sentence from the proposed ban a month ago; but suppoerters of HJR-3 have called for the sentence to be restored in hopes of setting up a referendum in November.

The full State Senate is expected to take up the issue later this week.

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