Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Senate Passes Ban on Gay Marriage and Civil Unions

Today the Republican-dominated Indiana Senate passed a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and civil unions by a vote of 40 to 10. Having already passed the House, the bill needs to be passed by both houses of a separately elected legislature in 2013 or 2014. Then it would have to pass a public referendum vote. By 2014 it could be incorporated into the Indiana constitution. Thirty states have a similar constitutional bans on gay marriage; 20 include civil unions. Current state law prohibits gay marriages, but amendment sponsor Sen. Dennis Kruse said the measure would provide maximum protection for the basic family unit of society: "The family is the basic unit of society, and has been since Adam and Eve.” Read more from the Evansville Courier Press here.