“Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as marriage in Indiana. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.”
While the language varies slightly from previous versions of the amendment, it still goes beyond banning same-sex marriages, which are already banned by statutory law. The proponents are determined to prevent same-sex couples from ever enjoying any benefits of a civil union or other marriage-like status. It's bigoted in its inception and accomplishes nothing to stem the ever-increasing number of broken marriages and out-of-wedlock births between opposite sex couples. Organized interests both for and against the amendment are delighted by its introduction because it gives them the bait they need to solicit contributions and stay in business for another year.
There is no need for high emotions on either side. This amendment is going nowhere this year and the organized proponents and opponents know it. Nonetheless, you will hear lots of chatter from them. Ignore it. Move along. There's nothing to see here.