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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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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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Pastor whose church preaches against gay sex accused of soliciting another man

Friday, December 19, 2014
Gaylard Williams
The victim told police that Pastor Gaylard Williams grabbed and squeezed his genitals, and then requested that he perform oral sex. [...]

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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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