Constitutional ban on gay marriage may not go far

The Republican-controlled Indiana Senate has approved a proposal that eventually could lead to a constitutional ban on
gay marriage and civil unions in Indiana.

The Senate voted 38-10 Thursday to advance the proposal, but it likely
will struggle in the Democrat-led House. Democratic House Speaker Patrick Bauer of South Bend repeatedly has said that amending
the state’s constitution isn’t necessary because Indiana law already prohibits same-sex marriage.

Supporters say
the constitution should ban gay marriage in case courts overturn Indiana’s law. Opponents say the proposal sends a discriminatory
message and is a political ploy in an election year.

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