INDIANAPOLIS (21Alive) -- The proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, HJR-3, will not be on the ballot in 2014.
The state Senate did not put forth any amendments that would restore the bill to the version originally passed in the General Assembly in 2011. The House removed the second sentence from the proposed ban a month ago and Thursday the Senate advanced that version.
Because the second sentence was excluded and the Senate didn't restore the language, the amendment process must start over meaning the issue won't be placed before voters in 2014.
Freedom Indiana campaign manager Megan Robertson issued this statement following the Senate's vote:
"Six months ago, if you'd said lawmakers would refuse to put this issue on the ballot in 2014 by stripping out the deeply flawed second sentence, I'd have said there's no way.
"What happened today at the Statehouse is a testament to the tens of thousands of Hoosiers who have shared their stories with lawmakers and with the public to show the harm this amendment would do to their families and our state. It's clear that lawmakers listened.
"We continue to oppose the amendment in any form, but make no mistake: This is a huge victory.
"We are grateful to lawmakers for their openness and transparency during this process, and we thank them for conducting the discourse in a civil, respectful manner. We also owe an incredible debt of gratitude to our coalition partners who believed in our mission from the outset and to the Hoosiers who selflessly gave their time, effort and resources to the campaign.
"Today will go down in Indiana history as a win for freedom."
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