Ind. Senate leader takes over marriage amendment

FILE: Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Senate’s leader is placing the proposed state constitutional ban on gay marriage with a committee he controls for vetting.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem Long said Thursday that the Senate Rules Committee would take up the proposed ban after lawmakers hit the halfway point of their 2014 session next week. Long had he would assign the measure in the Senate Judiciary Committee, but changed his mind after it cleared the House this week.

House lawmakers removed part of the amendment that would prohibit civil unions on Monday. But supporters of the ban have noted that approving the amended House version could push back a statewide referendum on the issue to 2016.

Long isn’t saying whether he believes the civil unions provision should be restored by the Senate.

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