The House Judiciary Committee passed HJR 6 on a party line vote. This bill provides:
Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana.
The question is who is going to be the lucky man and who is going to be the lucky woman. Maybe they’ll have a lottery or something. And wouldn’t it suck if they were already married to someone else?
The proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution also provides:
A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.
So, if you’re just shacking up together and want to provide for the orderly transition of property and care of the children and whatnot, maybe Indiana is not the state for you.
I’ve said it before. I’ve come to believe this kind of legislation is on the wrong side of history, is actively bad, and will come to be regarded as an anachronism. And, this is probably why there is a desperate push to enshrine it into the Constitution. Because, sooner or later, the people of Indiana will probably want to treat gays like ordinary people and this proposed amendment to the Constitution is designed to make that harder. After all, we already have a law that does this, and the Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld it (h/t Advance Indiana). I doubt the law will last forever, but when the law is ready to go, I don’t think we’ll do ourselves any favors by having this language in our state Constitution.