Ind. Same-Sex marriage bill faces uncertain battle

An Indiana State Trooper escorts a protestors from the gallery after being asked to leave by the committee chairman during testimony on a proposed amendment to the state's constitution to ban gay marriage during a hearing of the House elections committee at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. The House Elections Committee approved a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage, sending the measure to the House of Representatives for consideration. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
An Indiana State Trooper escorts a protestors from the gallery after being asked to leave by the committee chairman during testimony on a proposed amendment to the state's constitution to ban gay marriage during a hearing of the House elections committee at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. The House Elections Committee approved a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage, sending the measure to the House of Representatives for consideration. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A report says only 38 Indiana House members say they’ll vote for a proposed constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage and 38 say they’ll vote against it.

The Indianapolis Star reported the deadlock Sunday. It says 13 other representatives were undecided and 11 refused to say.

The measure needs 51 votes to win approval in the 100-member House. If it passes there and in the Indiana Senate, it will go before Indiana voters in November.

Indiana law already bans same-sex marriage, but backers of the proposed amendment say it’s needed to ensure the courts don’t throw out the law.

Amendment supporter Curt Smith of the Indiana Family Institute says the breakdown of support and opposition is consistent with what he’s hearing.

The House approved the proposed amendment 70-26 in 2011.

blog comments powered by Disqus