Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a Republican, is backing a measure that would ban gay marriage in the Indiana Constitution.

The rush for a referendum on the issue comes after the Supreme Court ruled in two cases related to the issue. In one case, the high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibited the federal government from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples. The second case paved the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.

“Now that the Supreme Court has had its say on the federal government's role in defining marriage, the people of Indiana should have their say about how marriage is understood and defined in our state,” Pence said last week. “Given that opportunity, I am confident that Hoosiers will reaffirm our commitment to traditional marriage and will consider this important question with civility and respect for the values and dignity of all of the people of our state. I look forward to supporting efforts by members of the Indiana General Assembly to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot for voter consideration next year.”

Lawmakers in 2011 approved Republican Rep. Eric Turner's proposed amendment but a second vote is needed before it can go on the ballot.

A December WISH-TV/Ball State Hoosier Survey found only 38 percent of respondents support the amendment.

Republicans control all three branches of government in Indiana.