Bipartisan Effort Strikes Controversial Sentence From HJR3

The Indiana House of Representative voted yesterday to amend HJR3.   A bipartisan group of Indiana House lawmakers has narrowly approved stripping a sentence that bars civil unions from a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage.
          The House of Representatives voted 52-43 Monday to remove the second sentence in a vote that drew cheers from activists gathered outside the House chamber.
          The second sentence has been a sticking point for many lawmakers, including some who have said they otherwise support banning gay marriage. Opponents have focused their efforts on striking the language and have argued that it could prevent employers from offering benefits to same-sex couples.
          Twenty-three Republicans joined 29 Democrats to strip out the second sentence.
          If the House passes HJR3, it could be considered by the Senate on Thursday.
 
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