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Indiana is the 19th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on December 11, 1816. Its capital and most populous city is Indianapolis.

LGBT Rights in Indiana: By statute, Indiana only recognizes marriages between a man and a woman and denies recognition to other forms of same-sex unions. Annual attempts to adopt a constitutional amendment have failed since 2004. Indiana law does not address discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Indiana has no hate crimes statute. Indiana statutes permit single LGBT persons to adopt. The state Court of Appeals ruled in 2006 that unmarried couples, including same-sex couples, may adopt as well.

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Indiana judge allows birth certificate change for transgender man

Thursday, December 18, 2014
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A judge in Indiana has allowed a transgender man who underwent sex reassignment surgery to have his birth certificate modified to reflect that he was born male. [...]

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Indiana church that booted gay choir director to close due to falling attendance

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Ind.
The church made national headlines in January when as much as eighty percent of the congregants left after a popular gay choir director was forced to resign. [...]

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University of Notre Dame grants benefits to employees’ same-sex spouses

Thursday, October 9, 2014
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The University of Notre Dame has informed employees it will extend benefits to same-sex spouses after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in Indiana and 10 other states. [...]

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Some Indiana counties still not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
John Reams and his longtime partner Patrick Tate, far right, kiss during their marriage ceremony in the Warrick County Clerk’s Office in Boonville, Ind., with clerk Sarah Redman, left, and witnesses Amy Gelinas and Jim Tate.
LEBANON, Ind. -- Some Indiana counties still are balking at issuing same-sex marriage licenses. WISH-TV reported Wednesday that Boone, Crawford, Clay, Lawrence and Jefferson counties were not yet issuing the same-sex licenses. [...]

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7th Circuit lifts stays, ending Indiana, Wisconsin same-sex marriage bans

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Tony Larsen, 65, pastor at Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church, left, and partner Craig Matheus, 62, verify their vital information with Joanne Smith, deputy clerk as they apply for a marriage license on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 in the County Clerk's office inside the Racine County Courthouse in Racine, Wis. The Racine County Clerk's office began taking applications for marriage licenses at about noon Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the appeal of a lower court ruling.
CHICAGO -- The federal appeals court in Chicago has issued mandates, formally ending the bans on same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday issued an order lifting a stay that was in place while the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether to hear [...]

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Clerks in Indiana begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Monday, October 6, 2014
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- County clerks across Indiana are reviewing the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to reject appeals from Indiana and four other states seeking to ban same-sex marriages. Marion County Clerk Beth White said she would begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Indianapolis Monday but would not perform [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court denies review of gay marriage appeals from five states

Monday, October 6, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court turned away appeals Monday from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. No other state cases [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Supreme Court to conference on same-sex marriage cases

Monday, September 29, 2014
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This is the week when the U.S. Supreme Court meets to decide whether to take a marriage case. After meeting in conference on Monday, the Justices will announce their decision next week, on October 6th. Currently, cases from Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah and Oklahoma are ready for consideration. The court [...]

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Marriage News Watch: More states waiting for Supreme Court on marriage rulings

Monday, September 22, 2014
Cynthia Wides, right, and Elizabeth Carey exchange wedding vows at City Hall in San Francisco, Saturday, June 29, 2013.
A surprising reveal this week from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg about the court's plans for taking up a marriage case -- or maybe not taking up any. An Arkansas clerk breaks ranks with top state officials, declaring for the first time that the state's marriage ban is unconstitutional. [...]

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Marriage equality coalition asks DOJ to recognize 3 state’s same-sex unions

Saturday, September 20, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Respect for Marriage Coalition, a group of more than 50 groups supporting marriage equality, on Friday asked the U.S Department of Justice to ensure federal recognition of same-sex couples who were legally married in Arkansas, Indiana, and Wisconsin after those bans were declared unconstitutional. [...]

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