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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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Federal judge restores part of Indiana same-sex marriage challenge

| Wednesday, September 17, 2014
U.S. Judge Richard Young
INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal judge has reinstated four same-sex couples' claim that Indiana's refusal to recognize out-of-state gay marriages is unconstitutional. Judge Richard Young said in a ruling Tuesday that he reinstated the lawsuit because Gov. Mike Pence had shown that he had power to enforce the ban despite claims that he had no such control.

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Appeals court stays Ind. gay marriage ruling pending Supreme Court decision

| Monday, September 15, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Same-sex couples hoping to get married in Indiana will have to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court addresses the question of whether gay marriage bans are constitutional.

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Marriage News Watch: Supreme Court to consider cases, Ninth Circuit recap

| Monday, September 15, 2014
Gay rights advocates Stuart Gaffney, at left, and John Lewis, with the group Marriage Equality USA, wait to enter a hearing on the issue of gay marriage outside of the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in San Francisco. For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is readying to hear arguments over same-sex weddings in a political and legal climate that's vastly different than when it overturned Proposition 8 in 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The number of marriage cases before the Supreme Court keeps climbing, with the Court scheduled to decide which ones to take in just a few weeks. Plus, couples file new briefs in Texas, and appeal last week's anti-gay ruling from a federal judge in Louisiana. These stories and more in this week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the ...

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Ind. will recognize another couple’s same-sex marriage in the event of death

| Friday, September 12, 2014
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A federal judge in Indiana on Thursday approved an agreement for the state to recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple while the state appeals a ruling overturning its same-sex marriage ban. Veronica Romero and Mayra Yvette Rivera filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court this week asking a judge to order Indiana to recognize their Illinois marriage because ...

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Study: 24,000 transgender voters could be disenfranchised in November

| Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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LOS ANGELES – Ten states’ strict voter ID laws may create substantial barriers to voting and possible disenfranchisement for more than 24,000 transgender voters this November. According to a new study entitled, “The Potential Impact of Voter Identification Laws on Transgender Voters in the 2014 General Election,” authored by the Williams Institute’s ...

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Indiana, Wisconsin appeal same-sex marriage rulings to U.S. Supreme Court

| Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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Attorneys general for Wisconsin and Indiana each tried to convince the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday that his state's gay marriage case should be the one to decide the contentious issue for the country. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and his Wisconsin counterpart, J.B. Van Hollen, separately asked the nation's highest court to reverse a 7th Circuit ...

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Judge Posner’s gay marriage opinion is a witty, deeply moral masterpiece

| Monday, September 8, 2014
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Mark Joseph Stern at Slate, on U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner’s scathing rebuke of same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin: "In his opinion, Posner does not sound like a man aiming to have his words etched in the history books or praised by future generations. Rather, he sounds like a man who has listened to all the arguments against gay marriage...

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Marriage News Watch: Massive victory in 7th Circuit, problems with ruling in La.

| Monday, September 8, 2014
Cody Huston, left, and Tina Cady, both of Madison, embrace after getting married Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Madison, Wis. On Friday a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.
A massive victory for equality in Wisconsin and Indiana, with one of the most strongly-worded decisions yet. A judge in Louisiana has ruled against marriage equality, but there are some problems with his ruling. There are major oral arguments this week in multiple states, and more cases move closer to consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Owner takes pride in Southern Indiana’s only gay bar

| Friday, September 5, 2014
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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — Matt McMahan has owned a few restaurants and bars, but his latest New Albany venture is a real source of 'pride.' The newly renovated Pride Bar + Lounge, 504 State St., is the only LGBT-friendly bar he knows of in southern Indiana. When it opens Friday, McMahan says, it will fill a gap left when the bar's previous owner closed early last month.

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Ind. AG to ask U.S. Supreme Court to stay same-sex marriage ruling

| Thursday, September 4, 2014
Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R-Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay a 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling that found the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Thursday that it seems clear the issue will have to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Zoeller says his office will seek a stay while it appeals the decision.

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