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State Senate makes no changes to gay-marriage ban

INDIANAPOLIS – Lacking support to reinsert a controversial second sentence, the Indiana Senate made no changes to the proposed constitutional gay marriage ban Thursday.

With one final vote by the Senate next week, if the chamber approves the measure the matter will be done for the year and won’t go to the public until at least 2016.

House Joint Resolution 3 currently defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

The House removed a sentence that would also prohibit civil unions in the future, and amendments were filed to restore the language. But none were called on the Senate floor, leaving the provision as is.

Supporters contend the second sentence is needed to stave off attempts at giving gays and lesbians marriage-like rights, while opponents say it is mean-spirited to deny any possible protections for gays and lesbians in the future.

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