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Same-Sex Ban Referendum Unlikely Until 2016

The controversial second sentence of a gay-marriage amendment to the constitution is gone for good.

Two weeks after the House deleted language banning not only same-sex marriage but civil unions, supporters in the Senate let the last opportunity to alter the amendment slide past, abandoning plans to try to add the provision back in.

The Senate’s decision effectively ends chances that the amendment will be put to voters before 2016.

Indiana law requires proposed constitutional amendments to pass consecutive sessions of the Legislature in the same form twice before going to voters.

The civil unions language was included in the measure when it first passed in 2011.

It could have gone to voters in November, but House lawmakers stripped the language last month amid concerns that it went too far.