Senate to take up same-sex marriage ban Monday

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The debate over same sex marriage in Indiana will once again take center stage in the Statehouse this week.

House lawmakers have already passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would permanently ban gay marriage.  Senate hearings are set to begin on Monday.

Volunteers against the proposed amendment, known as HJR-3, spent Sunday evening at phone banks across the state calling voters and urging people to tell their senator by voicemail message if they are against the amendment too.

“We’ve had a week off from legislative action with the break last week,” said Freedom Indiana Deputy Campaign Manager Peter Hanscom. “Our volunteers are energized and they are ready to go.”

Hanscom said they’re making progress, but as of Sunday night, didn’t have the votes they need to defeat the proposal. But Hanscom added that the other side doesn’t have them either.

House lawmakers stripped the proposal of a second sentence that would’ve outlawed civil unions.

Supporters of a proposed constitutional same sex marriage ban urged their own allies to make their voices heard. On its website, the Indiana Family Institute urged supporters to “stand for marriage Monday” and included a list of the names of senators who it said hadn’t publicly stated where they stand on whether to restore the marriage amendment to its original form.

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