Debate over HJR3 continues



TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) The same-sex marriage debate lingers in the Hoosier state.

Just this week, the Indiana House approved a proposal to put some form of a gay marriage ban in the state’s constitution.

“They need to start listening to Hoosiers. They need to listen to the people they are representing,” says Dylan Wright, Spectrum Board Member.

It’s an important thought no matter what part of the debate you’re on.

Dylan Wright is part of an ISU organization called Spectrum.

The group aims to support the LGBT community.

“I want to see a space at Indiana State University where LGBT students can be comfortable, and learn about their community,” says Wright.

“It’s a way to bring people together and educate them about current events, talk to them, and get every body’s opinions on things,” says Allen Zielinski, Spectrum Board Member.

They discuss current events like the controversy surrounding HJR3, a proposal that could ban same sex marriage.

“I’m a Hoosier. Always have been, born that way, and now they are like we don’t want you getting married. It feels like I’ve been robbed of something,” says Zielinski.

“I think at this point it’s kind of beating a dead horse,” says Wright.

Supporters of the proposal argue that current law already banning gay marriage could be struck down in the future.

“That law can be overturned like it does in a lot of other states. An activist judge can overturn that,” says Bob Heaton, State Representative, District 46.

Uncertainty continues to surround the proposal.

By a vote of 57-40 House members passed an amended version of HJR3 by dropping the sentence that made civil unions illegal.

“It has put a bulls-eye directly on the gay community now that bill is only to ban marriage for gay people, that’s terrible,” says Wright.

The change in language means the issue most likely won’t show up on November’s ballot.

Something these college students say is one positive.

“That’s good in that it delays the public vote because we need time to get people educated about the issue,” says Wright.

Heaton who voted in favor of the marriage amendment three years ago believes Hoosiers should get the chance to decide.

“I have a lot of people in my district who want to have the opportunity, to provide them the freedom to vote on the ballot whether they vote for or against the marriage amendment,” says Heaton.

The amended proposal will now head to the Senate.

Senators have the ability to amend it back to its original form, which could set the ban back on track to be on November’s ballot. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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