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Same-sex couple Steven Bridges (L) and Michael Snell exchange rings after filling out a marriage license at the City Hall in Portland, Maine December 29, 2012.  Same-sex couples can start marrying on December 29 in Maine, a state that made history on Elec
Victory, for now, in Indiana, as that state's Republican Senate won't be acting on the amendment and won't be sending it to voters in 2014.
The state Senate advanced a House version of a proposed amendment banning gay marriage Thursday without debate. But because the House stripped out a sentence barring civil unions last month, the amendment process must start fresh.
Indiana law requires proposed constitutional amendments to pass two consecutive session of the Legislature with the same language before being put to voters. The gay marriage ban passed in 2011 with the civil unions language included.
The soonest the ban could come before voters is 2016. So, while this fight might not be totally over, its postponement is very likely its death knell. When a Republican legislature in Indiana can't manage to get an anti-equality bill passed, you know we're moving in the right direction. Congratulations to Freedom Indiana coalition for this victory.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 11:51 AM PST.

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