Same-sex marriage battle could focus on language

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

INDIANAPOLIS The upcoming battle over adding Indiana's same-sex marriage ban to the state constitution could hinge on precise language.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said Tuesday that lawmakers are considering ways to alter the wording of the amendment while still sending the ban to voters for consideration. Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long said any change in the wording could restart the lengthy amendment process.

The amendment would solidify the state's ban on gay marriage in the constitution. It also would bar lawmakers from taking future action on the issue and threaten other benefits for same-sex couples.

Democratic leaders asked Bosma and Long to hold off on the battle Tuesday. Bosma has said he expects a resolution of the issue by the end of the session.

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