(Indianapolis, Ind.) - A controversial amendment to Indiana’s constitution passed a Senate panel Wednesday.
The Judiciary Committee voted 7-3 to House Joint Resolution 6 banning gay marriage in Indiana.
Supporters say the constitutional amendment would help to prevent civil unions of gay couples in the future.
The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero) and Rep. Dave Cheatham (D-North Vernon).
That amendment has to pass two consecutive state legislatures, then a statewide referendum before it’s added to the state constitution.
The GOP-controlled Senate passed similar legislation in 2010 which died in the then-Democrat controlled House. This year with Republican’s having the House majority, HJR 6 passed on a 70-26 vote February 15.