The vote came after the Senate declined Thursday to restore the amendment’s second sentence, which also would have banned civil unions and similar arrangements. Instead, the General Assembly must approve the ban again in 2015 or 2016 before a public referendum could happen in November 2016. Some conservatives who had fought for the constitutional ban for years weren’t all that happy with its passage because it didn’t include original language.
The process, which was supposed to be a piece of cake for anti-gay conservatives, did not go smoothly, and the discomfort shown by some is a reflection of the changing shift in attitudes in the country overall.
If it was this hard now, how hard will passage of the bill be in two more years, as support for marriage equality continues to grow?