2014 Indiana General Assembly

Marriage amendment vote pushed to next week

2014-01-15T16:01:00Z 2014-01-15T18:00:09Z Marriage amendment vote pushed to next weekBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
January 15, 2014 4:01 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | A House committee vote on the proposed marriage amendment won't happen until at least next week.

State Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said the panel will not meet Thursday and its next regular meeting on Monday is cancelled due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Steuerwald said once a meeting date is set he plans to give supporters and opponents plenty of notice so both sides can continue making their cases.

The committee heard nearly four hours of expert and public testimony Monday on the proposal to add the state's existing ban on gay marriage and a new prohibition on civil unions to the Indiana Constitution.

Three of the nine committee Republicans are believed to be considering joining the four Democrats in voting no on the amendment, which would kill it.

The House deadline for committee action is Jan. 28.

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