Committee approves HJR-3 with 8-4 vote, sending resolution to Indiana Senate

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UPDATE: The Indiana Senate Rules Committee has voted 8-4 to send HJR-3 to the full Senate.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Opponents of the controversial resolution known as HJR-3 were back at the Statehouse on Monday for the latest hearing on the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage in Indiana.

Because changes were made to the bill in the House, it’s not likely the issue will get to voters at the ballot box this year, unless the Senate is able to change HJR-3 back to its original form, and get the House to somehow go along with those changes.

No amendments were offered in committee, but many expect there will be an attempt to re-insert HJR-3’s second sentence dealing with civil unions when the bill goes to the Senate floor later this week.

Monday’s hearing lasted more than three hours, with testimony being offered by both sides.

Former Indiana Fever player Tully Bevilaqua attended the hearing with her wife and two small children.

“We’re hoping that (they’re) going to stand on the right side of history and vote no on HJR-3,” said an emotional Bevilaqua. “We are a family. Same love. We just want to protect our family.”

Monday, supporters of the controversial resolution told committee members they’d rather have HJR3 defeated than have it put on the ballot without the second sentence.

“We would rather see the single sentence defeated than placed on the ballot,” said Curt Smith of the Indiana Family Institute.

But Tully Bevilaqua’s wife Lindsay said, if it were to pass, they might decide to leave Indiana.

“We’d hate to go,” she said. “But it’s something families like ours will have to consider if this does go through.”

The full Senate is expected to take up the measure later this week.

If it passes with the same wording as the House version, the issue would not go to voters on the statewide ballot this year and would not be eligible for voter consideration until 2016.

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