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Another Lawsuit Filed For Right To Same-Sex Marriage

The lawsuit that is being filed is similar to one announced last week that alleges Indiana's laws banning same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.

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A total of seven same-sex couples are suing Indiana for the right to get married.

For the second time in less than a week Indiana’s marriage laws are being challenged.

A national gay rights group filed the most recent suit on behalf of three same-sex couples who are from Indiana and would like to be able to get married here.

“They just want what any different sex couple has, and there‘s no reason that they shouldn‘t be able to secure a marriage license,” said Paul Castillo, an attorney with the gay civil rights group Lambda Legal, who is representing the couples.

The suit is very similar to one filed last Friday by four other same-sex couples.

Indiana’s attorney general reiterates that he will defend the state’s law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

In a written statement, Attorney General Greg Zoeller said he had successfully defended Indiana’s marriage definition before and would do so again.

“When plaintiffs who disagree with an Indiana statute file a challenge in court, I have a duty as Indiana’s Attorney General to defend our state and the statute the Legislature passed to the best of my skill and ability — and will do so here, both now and on any appeal,” he said in a statement.

The lawsuits come just after the General Assembly debated a measure known as HJR3 – that would have added Indiana’s same sex marriage ban to the constitution.

Lawmakers changed the proposed amendment thus delaying sending it to the voters until at least 2016.

Network Indiana contributed to this report.

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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  • http://blogcritics.org/author/Jet/ Jet Gardner

    [gasp] I’m so very glad to see this intellectual progress in state after state… The problem now is that the religious right and Tea Party will soon need a new “bogeyman” and it worries me to think of what it might be next… left handed Buddhists demanding “special rights”, Gay lawyers who are all communist conspirators, a plague of homosexual grasshoppers infecting children?

    …Mark my words, they’ll think of something and it’ll be appropriately terrifying.

  • Inis_Magrath

    I think they’re moving towards not another bogeyman but instead casting themselves as the downtrodden victims of oppression of their religious liberties. But if they need a scapegoat, as a Jewish man I’d like to suggest us Jews as their next bogeyman. We have a couple thousand of years of experience at fighting back and we’ve gotten pretty good at it.

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