The Indiana House on Tuesday approved a measure that would add language to the state constitution banning marriage equality or anything “substantially similiar” to marriage for same-sex couples.
The House passed the constitutional ban on a vote of 70-26 – the second ban of this nature it approved since 2005.
The legislation now heads to the Senate. According to the Indianapolis Star, “A constitutional amendment must be approved by two separately elected legislatures and then by voters. It would be at least three years before the constitution could be changed.”
The Star also reports that, “The ban would prohibit not only marriage between two people of the same sex but also anything “substantially similar” to marriage, meaning the legislature’s hands would be tied should it ever want to allow civil unions.”