Indiana

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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Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney

Judge: Indiana lacks valid reason for same-sex marriage ban

Monday, April 21, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal judge says attorneys defending Indiana's same-sex marriage ban haven't shown any good reason to not recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple, one of whom has a terminal illness. [ Read more → ]
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Cook County, Ill., approaches 1,000 marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, April 17, 2014
CHICAGO -- Cook County, Ill., has issued almost 1,000 marriage licenses since it was allowed to do so by a court ruling. [ Read more → ]
Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney

Federal judge orders recognition of same-sex marriage of terminally ill woman

Thursday, April 10, 2014
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- A federal judge has ruled that the state must recognize the marriage of a gay couple before one of the women, who has cancer, dies. [ Read more → ]
Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler

Lambda Legal seeks marriage recognition for terminally ill Ind. woman and her wife

Monday, March 31, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Lambda Legal on Monday asked a federal court to order the state of Indiana to recognize the marriage of a terminally ill woman and her wife. [ Read more → ]
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Indiana bakery latest to tell same-sex couples: ‘No cake for you’

Friday, March 14, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS — A same-sex couple claims an Indiana bakery discriminated against them when it refused to bake a cake for their commitment ceremony. [ Read more → ]
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Three new federal lawsuits filed challenging Indiana’s gay marriage ban

Friday, March 14, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Three federal lawsuits were filed Friday against Indiana's same-sex marriage ban, boosting the number of legal challenges to the ban's constitutionality to at least five. [ Read more → ]
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Lambda Legal files federal suit seeking marriage equality in Indiana

Thursday, March 13, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's statewide ban on same-sex marriage now faces a second challenge in a federal court. Lambda Legal said Thursday it has a federal lawsuit on behalf of three same-sex couples who seek the freedom to marry in their home state of Indiana. [ Read more → ]
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Married same-sex couples in Indiana could pay more for tax filings

Monday, March 10, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Conflicting state and federal policies will likely cost Indiana same-sex couples more when they file their tax returns this year, experts say. [ Read more → ]
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Four couples file federal lawsuit challenging Indiana gay marriage ban

Friday, March 7, 2014
NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- Four couples from southern Indiana are asking a federal judge to force the state to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and issue marriage licenses to gay couples. [ Read more → ]
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Ind. Senate votes to block federal tax benefits for married, same-sex couples

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS — Gay rights advocates said they're deeply concerned about a split in state policy from a new federal approach to taxes recognizing same-sex marriage that the Indiana Senate approved 41-6 on Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
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Ind. GOP wants to block federal tax benefits for married same-sex couples

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana would break from an Internal Revenue Service policy recognizing same-sex marriage for tax purposes if a late-session change becomes law. [ Read more → ]
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.

Money offer to defeat Indiana same-sex marriage amendment exposed

Sunday, March 2, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- A former Republican Party chairman's pledge to provide campaign cash to protect House members who were considering voting against a constitutional gay marriage ban offers a rare look at the private power game that plays out on tough issues at the Statehouse. [ Read more → ]
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Ind. GOP leader sanctions Senator amid intraparty fight over gay marriage ban

Friday, February 21, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS — The top Republicans in the Indiana Senate removed a conservative senator from a leadership position this week in the wake of an intraparty fight over amending the state's constitution to ban gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Opponents of Indiana's proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage rally at the state capitol.

Conservatives angry at Ind. GOP leadership over fall of gay marriage ban

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Religious conservatives who lost a surprising battle over same-sex marriage in Indiana this year are placing some of the blame with the state's Republican legislative leaders. Opponents of amending the Indiana Constitution to add the state's current gay marriage ban won a surprising... [ Read more → ]
Indiana State House in Indianapolis.

Ind. Senate approves limited gay marriage ban, but no vote before 2016

Monday, February 17, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Senate voted Monday to amend the state constitution by banning gay marriage, but it will be 2016 at the earliest before the measure appears on a statewide ballot because of a late change that limits the scope of the ban. [ Read more → ]
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Ind. Senate prepares for vote on House version of gay marriage ban

Monday, February 17, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana State senators are scheduled to take a final vote on a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage after approving a version last week which would put off a public referendum until at least 2016. [ Read more → ]
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The Hoosier same-sex marriage debate occurred mostly in private

Sunday, February 16, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Over the past week, Indiana's senators debated a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage extensively, going over the merits for hours at a time, before deciding a ban shouldn't appear on the ballot in November. [ Read more → ]
Charlie Nye, The Indianapolis Star (AP)Citizens for Community Values of Indiana representatives hold up a large banner outside the Statehouse in Indianapolis on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. From left are Ross Byrne, South Bend; Pamm Thomas, Osceola; and Tom Uebbing, South Bend.

Indiana same-sex marriage fight delayed (at least 2 years)… but not over

Friday, February 14, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Senate's decision to advance a proposed ban on same-sex marriage without also blocking civil unions has reset the clock on the issue getting to voters, setting the stage for continuing fights for at least two years. [ Read more → ]
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.

Ind. lawmakers effectively kill proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, February 13, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana lawmakers have effectively killed a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage for this year. [ Read more → ]
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.

Ind. constitutional gay marriage ban will not go before voters this year

Thursday, February 13, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was called for second-reading in the Indiana state Senate on Thursday and no amendments were presented. [ Read more → ]
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.

Ind. Senate panel advances same-sex marriage ban, sends bill to full Senate

Monday, February 10, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana Senate committee voted 8-4 Monday evening, along party lines, in favor of a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, setting up a Senate battle on the issue later this week. [ Read more → ]
Indiana State House in Indianapolis.

Ind. resumes its debate over constitutional ban on gay marriage

Monday, February 10, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana lawmakers' debate over a proposed state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage is heating up again in the Statehouse. [ Read more → ]
AJ Mast, APIndiana state Rep. Eric Turner speaks during debate on a proposed amendment to the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage in the House of Representatives at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.

Indiana gay marriage opponents press forward, even as tides shift

Saturday, February 8, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS — Opponents of same-sex marriage have spent more than a decade working to ensure that Indiana stayed true to its conservative roots by strengthening its stance against gay unions. But in a year that was expected to bring a crucial victory, they find themselves facing a strong headwind. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)

Ind. governor sticking to his support for constitutional ban on gay marriage

Friday, February 7, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is sticking to his support for a proposed state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Indiana State House in Indianapolis.

Ind. Senate panel schedules hearing on proposed gay marriage ban

Monday, February 3, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The state Senate Rules Committee plans to consider a proposed Indiana constitutional ban on gay marriage next Monday. [ Read more → ]
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