New strategy revealed for marriage amendment

(WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)
(WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Republican leader in the state Senate revealed a new strategy for handling the marriage amendment on Thursday.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long previously announced plans to send it to the Judiciary Committee. It will now go to the Rules Committee, which he chairs.

Sen. Long (R-Fort Wayne) said he hopes the committee will pass the proposed ban on gay marriage without restoring a second sentence that outlaws civil unions.

He wouldn’t take a position, however, on the second sentence.

“My position will be pretty clear on the floor,” he said, “as will all our Senators when we take it up on the floor of the Senate.”

The Indiana House of Representatives voted to remove the second sentence on Monday and passed the marriage amendment on Tuesday.

“Our strategy is the same as it’s been the whole time,” said Megan Robertson of Freedom Indiana, an organization that opposes the marriage amendment, “which is, we’d like to kill it outright. We want to make sure the second sentence doesn’t get added back in and we’ll do the same thing we’ve been doing, which is constituents contacting legislators.”

State Senate hearings on the marriage amendment will begin the week of Feb. 10.

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