Push for gay marriage ban revived

January 8, 2008 12:16:03 PM PST
There may be another attempt in the Legislature this year for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages,

Proposals have passed the Senate three times. But Republican Senator Brandt Herhman says the stumbling block has been consideration in the House.

Hershman has again filed a resolution calling for the amendment. But he says the House should take up the issue first this year, and Republican Eric Turner plans to file the proposal in the Democrat-controlled House.

House Speaker Patrick Bauer says he's willing to assign the proposal to a committee for consideration -- but he says he doesn't see the need for the constitutional amendment when state law already bans same-sex marriages.

Amending Indiana's constitution requires a resolution to pass consecutive, separately elected General Assemblies and then be approved in a statewide vote.