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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 Senate approves bill allowing discrimination against LGBT people

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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The Indiana state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill designed to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to refuse services for same-sex weddings because of religious beliefs. [...]

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Indiana Senate panel advances religious freedom bill to allow anti-gay discrimination

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.
A GOP-led Senate committee pushed through a contentious proposal critics say would allow people and businesses to cite their religious beliefs in refusing services for same-sex weddings. [...]

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Indiana same-sex couple files lawsuit alleging birth certificate discrimination

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Ruby, left, and Ashlee Henderson of Lafayette are suing Tippecanoe County and Indiana health departments after they were denied having both of their names on the birth certificate for their son, even though they were legally married in Indiana before their son was born in Lafayette, Ind.
Indiana’s birth certificates discriminate against gay married couples and their children because they don’t account for both spouses being the same gender, a federal lawsuit filed Friday says. [...]

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Indiana business leaders oppose ‘religious freedom’ law Pence backs

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Indiana state Rep. Timothy Wesco (R-Osceola), addresses a rally of supporters of a religious freedom bill at the Statehouse in Indianapolis on Monday.
Indiana business leaders differed with Gov. Mike Pence and some clergy on a proposed law that supporters say would protect people and businesses from having to take part in same-sex weddings and other activities they find objectionable because of religious beliefs. [...]

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Indiana woman who fought state’s gay marriage ban loses battle with cancer

Sunday, February 8, 2015
Niki Quasney (left) and Amy Sandler.
A terminally ill woman whose desire to have her same-sex marriage recognized by Indiana before she died helped galvanize efforts to overturn the state's gay marriage ban has lost her battle with cancer. [...]

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Many Ohio same-sex couples travel to nearby Indiana county to marry

Monday, January 5, 2015
Wayne County Courthouse in Richmond, Ind.
More than half of the marriage licenses that an eastern Indiana county issued to same-sex couples last year went to residents of Ohio, which the county borders. [...]

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Ind. Knights of Columbus Council relents, will allow gay couple’s reception

Thursday, January 1, 2015
Taylor Butcher and Ale Shields
A Knights of Columbus Council in southern Indiana has reversed course and will allow a wedding reception for a same-sex couple after previously refusing to host the event at its venue. [...]

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Indiana plans religious freedom bill that would allow anti‑gay discrimination

Friday, December 26, 2014
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.
The legislation, which would allow small businesses to refuse services to same-sex couples, has been widely expected ever since Indiana's same-sex marriage ban was struck down in June. [...]

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Concert promoter settles with state fair victims that included gay rights activist

Friday, December 26, 2014
Christina Santiago (left) and Alisha Brennon
Seven people were killed and nearly 100 were injured when an Indiana State Fair stage collapsed in August 2011, including Chicago gay rights activist Christina Santiago. [...]

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ACLU sues Indiana school that refuses to allow gay-straight alliance

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
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The lawsuit contends the North Putnam Community School Corp. in Bainbridge, Ind., is violating the First Amendment rights of the Gay-Straight Alliance and the students who are now members. [...]

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