After passage this week in the House, a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage moves to the Indiana Senate.

On Thursday, Senate President Pro Tem David Long announced that House Joint Resolution 3 will not be vetted in the Senate Judiciary Committee as he previously had said. Instead, the proposal will be heard in the Senate Rules Committee, which is chaired by Long.

“I'd like to see a clean bill come to the floor of the Senate,” Long told the AP. “I will say that once it comes to the floor, any and all amendments are going to be considerable and available. There will be no attempt to block anything. There will be a full and robust discussion.”

Before sending the measure to the Senate, the House stripped out language which also banned civil unions and other similar arrangements.

Following passage, supporters immediately began lobbying senators to restore the language.

“We'll be working with the Senate to restore the second sentence,” Curt Smith, president of the Indiana Family Institute, told the Courier Journal. “Retaining the second sentence makes the first sentence much more likely to survive a legal challenge.”

“Urge the Indiana Senate to restore the removed language of #HJR3 and pass the original version of the bill,” tweeted Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

Altering the proposed ban's language would likely keep it off this year's ballot, because before an amendment can head to voters, it needs to pass the General Assembly in two consecutive two-year sessions. If the House and Senate agree to the measure as altered, the earliest the modified amendment could reach voters is 2016.

The Senate Rules Committee is expected to hold a hearing on the measure the week of February 10.