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INDIANAPOLIS -

A Senate Committee has passed the amended House version of HJR-3, also known as the same-sex marriage amendment, on to the Senate floor by an 8-4 vote.

Supporters and opponents of the measure packed the Indiana Statehouse for Monday's hearing as the debate over the constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage in Indiana picked up after a two-week break.

The measure now heads the Senate floor later this week where things could get even more contentious.

"I'm glad they didn't add the amendment back in but I think we have a long way to go. I think we're gonna waste a lot of money fighting this that could be spent on things that really will help Hoosiers," said Louise Marsh, Greenwood.

"I'm disappointed in the overall result because I was hoping that the committee would change the language back to the original so we would actually have a good chance of pushing this to a vote with the people in the fall," said George Ganahl, Indianapolis.

The House approved the proposal last month after removing language that also would ban civil unions. The amendment won broad bipartisan support in 2011 and must pass the Legislature again this session to go to voters in a November referendum. The House move to remove the civil union language could delay the referendum for two years.

Gov. Mike Pence says he supports the original proposal and has refused to comment further as lawmakers hash out the details.

With each passing step, the controversy grows stronger.

"I think in 92 counties, the citizens of Indiana should have the opportunity to vote this issue up or down. I don't think corporations ought to dictate how we should live in Indiana," said Jocelyn Tandy Adande. "Marriage should be in the state of Indiana between a man and woman."

"The times are changing. You can see all the way across the country how the country is changing and promoting marriage equality and Indiana is just thinking backwards," said Scott Spychala. "I'm appalled they're thinking of making an amendment to the constitution of the state that discriminates against people."

How they voted

How members of the Indiana Senate Rules Committee voted in the 8-4 vote to approve a proposal that would place Indiana's gay marriage in the state constitution. Voting yes were 8 Republicans and 0 Democrats. Voting no were 0 Republicans and 4 Democrats.

REPUBLICANS VOTING YES

Charbonneau, Eckerty, Hershman, Kruse, Long, Merritt, Steele, Wyss.

DEMOCRATS VOTING NO

Arnold, Breaux, Hume, Lanane.

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