Indiana’s HJR-3 passes second reading without amendment
February 13, 2014 by Lynne Bowman, Regional Field Director
Today, in a period of less than two minutes the Indiana Senate moved HJR-3 through to third and final reading without any further amendments. This means that the version of the bill that was passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives at the end of January is the version that will be voted on by the Senate body when they reconvene on Monday, February 17. This version of the resolution does not include the deeply flawed second sentence of the original amendment. That sentence would have permanently prohibited civil unions, domestic partnerships and other legal protections for same-sex couples in Indiana. Hoosiers overwhelmingly believe such a broad-sweeping prohibition is the wrong course for the state.
The outcome today is testament to the tens of thousands of Hoosiers who shared their stories, their time and their resources to make sure lawmakers clearly heard the message that HJR-3 is bad for Indiana. While the preference would have been to defeat the amendment outright, it's a victory nonetheless to eliminate the deeply flawed and harmful second sentence and to make sure it will not be on the ballot this year.
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