Montgomery, AL – The House Constitution and Elections Committee has overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in the state. The vote was 12 to two. The bill calls for a statewide referendum on the issue to be scheduled at the same time as the June 2006 party primaries. Republicans, however, want the referendum to be held during the general election that November. They say the general election will attract more voters than the primary. Eleven states passed same-sex marriage bans on election day last year.