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New Language for Same Sex Marriage Ban

State legislators Eric Turner of Marion, David Cheatham of North Vernon and Marlin Stutzman of Howe say they’ve filed new legislation on prohibiting same sex marriage in the Indiana Constitution. The move signals a recognized failure of a previous bill that has faced the legislature four years without passing. Opponents of the earlier same sex marriage amendment said it was too vague and could negatively affect domestic violence laws. The new language specifically defines marriage between one man and one woman and outlaws civil unions. Referring to amendments passed in Wisconsin and Kentucky, Representative Turner says he’s confident the new language will not affect companies and universities that currently offer domestic partner benefits.

“Some have said it will affect domestic partnerships. It will not. Again, these constitutional benefits have been out there.”

The legislators say they have not been assured a hearing for the bill in the Indiana House or Senate, though Senator Stutzman says a hearing will be given if the House approves the measure first. Bill Browning, owner of Bilerico dot com, a blog covering gay, lesbian and transgendered issues, the new language is clear, but promotes discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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Protesters Rally Against Same Sex Marriage Amendment

Over a hundred people gathered inside the Indiana Statehouse today to express concerns about an amendment to the state constitution that they say could violate the civil rights of many gay and unmarried couples. Brian Pace reports.

Senate Committee Approves Constitutional Ban on Same Sex Marriage

An Indiana senate committee today (Thursday) voted in favor of the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same sex marriage.  The measure is headed for its fourth endorsement from the state senate, but is unlikely see full legislative approval this session.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

Legislators to Consider Constitutional Property Tax Caps

The statehouse is closed for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, but when lawmakers return Tuesday, they plan to consider a constitutional amendment to permanently cap property taxes. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s John Bartholomew reports.