INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A vote to permanently ban same sex marriage in Indiana was delayed Monday in the Indiana House of Representatives.
It's not because the marriage amendment is in trouble. The new Republican majority plans to call for a vote on it on the House floor yet this week. It's something that Democratic leadership derailed in each of the last four years.
The amendment says that marriage in Indiana can only be between one man and one woman. That's what the law says already. The marriage amendment would make the ban on same sex marriage permanent so that no judge could overturn the existing marriage statute.
"Well, it's eligible to come down (Thursday) but there are several members absent and out of respect for them, several who want to vote for the amendment, I'm going to hold it ‘til later in the week," said Rep. Eric Turner (R-Marion), the author.
Turner says he expects to see between 60 and 70 votes in favor of the marriage amendment. It takes 51 to pass it.
Even if both the House and Senate approve the marriage amendment this year, it must be passed again in 2013 or 2014 before it would go to a Statewide vote.
Police dispatchers in Hancock County say two medical helicopters were called to the scene of a crash late Wednesday night.
SWAT members were called to the city's northwest side Wednesday night.
In the wake of tornadoes that ravaged towns like Kokomo, Hoosiers now have another concern.