(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana voters are closer to being able to decide on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
The state Senate approved House Joint Resolution 6 Tuesday on a 40-10 vote.
Authored by Rep. Eric Turner (R-Carmel) and Rep. Dave Cheatham (D-North Vernon), the amendment must pass the legislature again in either 2013 or 2014 before it goes to a statewide referendum in 2014.
Indiana’s constitution already defines marriage as between one man and one woman, but supporters say the amendment would make the law harder to overturn. It could also prevent future efforts to allow civil unions for same-sex couples.