In a vote along party lines, an Indiana House committee approved a constitutional marriage ban bill on Wednesday (22 January).
Although same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana, the bill seeks to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.
The 9-3 vote represented a victory for Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, a Republican, who committed what some had described as a political power play.
A day earlier, Bosma had moved the measure out of the House Judiciary Committee where it did not seem to have sufficient support and moved it to the Elections and Apportionment Committee where passage seemed more certain.
‘I responded to the overwhelming majority of the Republican caucus who have extensively lobbied me to bring this to the floor in one fashion or another,’ Bosma told the Indianapolis Star.
It will next be voted on by the entire House of Representatives. If it passes out of the House, the bill would then need to pass out of the Senate then the public would vote on it as a ballot measure.