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IN Senate approves HJR-3

Opponents of HJR-3 says ensuring the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage wouldn’t be on the ballot this fall was a huge victory. 

But they say the battle isn’t over yet.

HJR-3’s second sentence, which banned civil unions, was removed by the House because of concerns it could prohibit domestic partnership benefits.  The Senate last Thursday opted against reinserting it and Monday approved HJR-3, moving it forward to the next General Assembly.  Senate President Pro Tem David Long was opposed to the second sentence.  But he says he’s in favor of HJR-3 and thinks it will be brought forward next year.

Lara Rinderknecht is a volunteer with Freedom Indiana, a statewide coalition opposed to HJR-3.  She says opponents of the amendment need to stay vigilant.

HJR-3 now moves to the next General Assembly for approval in either 2015 or 2016.  If passed, it would head to the ballot in 2016. 

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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