February 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Ind. House panel approves marriage amendment

A House committee in Indiana on Monday reported out a state constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in the Hoosier State.

According to the Chicago Sun-Tribune, the Republican-controlled committee approved the amendment along party lines by an 8-4 vote before sending the meaure to the House floor. 

Current law in Indiana restricts marriage to one man and one woman, but, the amendment, if passed, would prevent the courts from overturning the statute or the Legislature from approving marriage rights for gay couples in later years.

The House and Senate, both controlled by the GOP, are expeceted to approve the amendment. After both chambers pass the proposal, it would have to pass again in 2013 or 2014 in order to get on the ballot in 2014.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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