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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.