2014 Indiana General Assembly

Senate leader keeping tight rein on marriage amendment

2014-01-30T18:25:00Z 2014-01-30T19:11:31Z Senate leader keeping tight rein on marriage amendmentBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
January 30, 2014 6:25 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Senate President David Long, R-Fort Wayne, revealed Thursday he will assign the marriage amendment to the Senate Rules Committee, which he chairs, instead of the Judiciary Committee, as he had previously announced.

Long said the Rules Committee, which besides him has seven Republican committee chairmen as members, including state Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, and four Democrats, including state Sen. Jim Arnold, D-LaPorte, is best suited to review the proposal.

"With the change in the amendment, I think it's become a more high-profile issue and a little more complicated maybe in some ways than it was," Long said.

He plans to hold a committee hearing on the marriage amendment Feb. 10 or 11, and expects to advance it out of committee and to the full Senate without changes.

"Once on the (Senate) floor any and all amendments are going to be considered and available; there will be no attempt to block anything," Long said. "We'll have a full and robust discussion about this."

Long refused to say whether he favors restoring the proposed amendment's second sentence, deleted by the House last week, which would prohibit civil unions for same-sex couples.

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