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Briefs piling up from same-sex marriage opponents in Ind., Wis. appeals

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
Kem Highfill, left, and Richard Rehm fill out their marriage license at county clerks office Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Madison, Wis. On Friday a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Opponents of same-sex marriage cited political theory, social stability and even biblical text in legal briefs filed this week in federal court, where Indiana and Wisconsin are appealing rulings that overthrew their bans on gay weddings. At least 20 briefs have been filed in the case that's currently before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, including...

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Ind. plaintiffs object to full-court hearing on same-sex marriage ruling

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Attorneys on either side of a lawsuit over Indiana's overthrown same-sex marriage ban are wrangling over how many federal judges should hear the state's appeal, a technical issue that could make a big difference. Those representing gay couples who want the ban overturned permanently – the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, ...

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Ind. AG wants entire 7th Circuit to determine fate of same-sex marriage ban

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R-Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's attorney general wants more than three appellate judges to decide the fate of the state's same-sex marriage ban. The office says in a statement issued Saturday that it filed a motion late Friday asking the entire 10-judge 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear Indiana's appeal of a judge's order that struck down the ban.

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Appeals court joins, fast tracks Indiana, Wisconsin same-sex marriage cases

| Friday, July 11, 2014
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CHICAGO -- A federal appeals court has combined Indiana and Wisconsin's gay marriage cases and put them on the fast track. The move Friday by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago comes a day after Wisconsin's attorney general filed a notice of appeal of a federal judge's ruling last month striking down that state's ban on same-sex marriages.

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ACLU asks Holder to issue statement recognizing Ind. same-sex marriages

| Friday, July 11, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
INDIANAPOLIS -- Attorneys on Friday asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step in on behalf of hundreds of same-sex couples who were wed before a federal appeals court stayed an order striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban. The letter by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana asks Holder to issue a statement that the federal government will...

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Ind. governor tells state agencies to ignore same-sex marriages

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's office is telling state agencies act as if no gay marriages had been performed during three days following a federal court order. The memo from the governor's chief counsel tells executive branch agencies to execute their functions as though the June 25 court order had not been issued.

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Court orders Ind. to recognize terminally ill spouse’s same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Niki Quasney (left) and Amy Sandler.
INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal appeals court has ordered Indiana to recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple on the death certificate that is issued when one terminally ill partner dies. Tuesday's ruling came after the court stayed a federal judge's order setting aside Indiana's prohibition of gay marriage as unconstitutional.

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Ind. AG leaves door open to marriage recognition for terminally ill spouse

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana attorney general's office has opened the door to allowing one lesbian couple's marriage to survive a stay order that halted same-sex weddings in the state. In a four-page filing Tuesday, the attorney general's office repeated its argument that Indiana law allows no hardship exception for Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler...

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Motion filed to protect terminally ill spouse’s same-sex marriage

| Monday, June 30, 2014
Niki Quasney (left) and Amy Sandler.
INDIANAPOLIS — A national gay rights group filed an emergency request Monday to protect the first same-sex marriage recognized in Indiana now that a federal appeals court has halted a judge’s ruling that overturned the state’s gay marriage ban. Lawyers from Lambda Legal asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago for the continued ...

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Ind. same-sex couples face waiting game on whether marriages are valid

| Monday, June 30, 2014
Adam Shoffner, right, shouts his joy after he married Daniel Tolliver, left, Thursday, June 26, 2014, as Marion County Clerk Beth White looks on.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Same-sex couples who rushed to courthouses across Indiana during the three days it was legal for them to get married there could now face long months before they learn whether their unions are valid. Legal experts disagreed about the issue Saturday, and it isn't certain a clear answer will be reached any time soon.

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