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Same-Sex Marriage In Indiana

After the U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals in cases from Indiana and four other states, same-sex marriage became legal in the Hoosier state on Oct. 6, 2014.

When the Supreme Court failed to act, rulings of lower courts took effect, thereby legalizing same-sex marriage in Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Washington.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court’s ruling that struck down the state’s ban, but it had issued a stay while awaiting action from the U.S. Supreme Court.

The stay was terminated when the Supreme Court failed to take the case.

Gov. Mike Pence has said that Hoosiers can be assured that he and his administration will uphold the federal court’s ruling.

A group of same-sex couples had filed suit against the state of Indiana, arguing that its ban was unconstitutional because it violated the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.


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October 7, 2014


A Breakdown Of Monday’s Same-Sex Marriage News

Couples, government officials and opponents were left to determine what the Supreme Court's inaction meant for the state.

October 6, 2014


Gay Marriage Legal In Indiana, Supreme Court Denies Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected cases banning same-sex marriage, including a case from Indiana.

July 11, 2014


ACLU Asks Feds To Recognize Indiana Same-Sex Marriages

The ACLU of Indiana is requesting that the Justice Department specify that it will recognize same-sex couples married in Indiana last month.

July 9, 2014


Indiana Will Not Recognize Hundreds Of Same Sex Marriages

Indiana is not recognizing the same-sex marriages that occurred directly after a court ruling that struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

June 27, 2014


Circuit Court Halts Same-Sex Marriages In Indiana

An appeals court is granting the Attorney General's request for a stay on his ruling that allowed same-sex couples to get married in Indiana.

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June 10, 2018


Indiana GOP Platform Keeps Marriage Between Man And Woman

Indiana Republican Party activists overwhelmingly voted Saturday to reaffirm language that defines marriage as a union "between a man and a woman."

June 4, 2018


Indiana GOP Divided Over ‘Man And A Woman’ Marriage Question

Indiana Republicans could remove language from the state party's platform that calls for marriage between a man and a woman.

February 14, 2016


How Online Dating Is Shifting Society And Changing Ideals

If you're looking for love, you might want to join millions of others and take to the internet.

March 20, 2015


Should LGBT Hoosiers Be Protected From Discrimination?

As the debate over RFRA heats up, lawmakers begin to consider whether to make discrimination based on sexual orientation illegal.

October 17, 2014


Feds To Extend Benefits To Same-Sex Couples In Indiana

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today said benefits will be given to same-sex marriages in Indiana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Nevada, Virginia, Utah, and Colorado.

October 15, 2014


Validity Of Some Same-Sex Marriages In Question

Same-sex couples who got married in June may not have valid marriages, the attorney general's office says.

August 7, 2014


Case Regarding Who Can Solemnize Marriage Still Unresolved

If the order stands, Indiana will be the first state to allow secular groups to perform marriages.

July 14, 2014


Secular Officials Now Allowed To Solemnize Indiana Marriages

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rules Indiana's marriage solemnization statute discriminates against some religious or ethical groups.

April 11, 2014


Same-Sex Couples Still In Limbo After Court Decision

All of the lawsuits challenging the state's gay marriage ban are being handled by the same Evansville judge who issued yesterday's ruling.

March 13, 2014


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.

March 4, 2014


Indiana To Treat Same-Sex Married Couples As Single On Taxes

Same-sex married couples who live in Indiana will have to file their state taxes as single.

February 14, 2014


What Are The Chances HJR-3 Would Pass In 2016?

Political analysts say the measure has less of a chance for approval in 2016 than it would have if it were on the ballot this year.

January 20, 2014


Students Reflect On MLK: ‘Diversity Is More Than Race’

Nearly 50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, some say sexual orientation, gender and economic status need to be included in discussions about diversity.

January 19, 2014


How The Marriage Amendment Could Affect Same-Sex Benefits

Many gay rights supporters worry HJR-3 would do more than solidify a ban on gay marriage. They say it could disrupt existing same-sex benefits.

December 13, 2013


Indiana Bishops Release Statement On Marriage Definition

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis affirms the dignity of all humans, while defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

November 18, 2013


300 Ministers Join Opposition To Gay Marriage Amendment

The ministers along with members of the Freedom Indiana coalition delivered the letter to the Statehouse Monday.

November 15, 2013


Smiling In Photos Predicts The Likelihood Of Divorce

New research shows old photos can predict success, longevity, income and even one's risk of divorce.

September 24, 2013


Poll: Majority Of Hoosiers Oppose Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Freedom Indiana’s poll says 64 percent of Hoosiers don’t think amending the state constitution is the right way to deal with same-sex marriage.

August 31, 2013


What Same-Sex Couples Need To Know About Filing State Taxes

The IRS' recent decision to recognize all legal same-sex marriage for tax filing purposes is changing how many couples will have to file at the state level.

August 21, 2013


Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Call For Amendment’s Defeat

Some business leaders say a state constitutional ban on same sex marriage would stymie their efforts to recruit top talent.

August 19, 2013


60th Anniversary Of Press Reporting Kinsey’s Female Research

Kinsey's, "Sexual Behavior and the Human Female," inspired articles around the globe. The book exposed many of the myths surrounding women and sex.

August 6, 2013


LGBT Couples Now Equally Eligible For Marriage Based Visas

The state department says it will view all marriage licenses as equal when considering spousal-based visas.

July 2, 2013


How DOMA Case Could Affect Whether One Man Gets A Divorce

A man who was married to a same-sex partner in Massachusetts is filing for divorce in Indiana.

June 26, 2013


SCOTUS Ruling Allows Indiana Vote On Gay Marriage Amendment

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a narrow ruling, leaving room for Indiana to move ahead with its plans to vote on an amendment banning same-sex marriage.

May 16, 2013


Rallies Planned To Support Boy Scouts Ban On Gay Members

Forty rallies will be held across the U.S., including ones in Kokomo and Fort Wayne.

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