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Senate begins consideration of marriage amendment

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A pair of Columbus-area legislators expect the anti-gay marriage amendment to come to a floor vote in the Senate within the next week. But they doubt the broader issue of balancing traditional marriage with civil liberties of all citizens will be put to rest.

"I don't think we'll find a solution that makes everybody happy," said state Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, speaking to an overflow crowd at Monday's Third House question-and-answer session at City Hall. The once-a-week sessions allow voters to talk informally with members of the General Assembly. Recent sessions have been dominated by the marriage amendment.

State Sen. Greg Walker, R-Columbus, said he expects the Senate Rules Committee to approve and send to the Senate floor a version of the marriage amendment that strips out a controversial second sentence.

For more on this story, see Tuesday's Republic.

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