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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David Long

Ind. Senate leader places gay marriage amendment in committee he chairs

Thursday, January 30, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Senate's leader is placing the proposed state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage with a committee he controls for vetting. [ Read more → ]
Charlie Nye, APOpponents of HJR-3 celebrate outside the Indiana House of Representatives as the 52-43 vote striking the second sentence from the proposed constitutional amendment on marriage was announced during second reading in the House in Indianapolis on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.

Ind. marriage equality advocates prepare for battle in state Senate

Thursday, January 30, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Gay rights activists slugging it out over a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage are turning their focus to the Indiana Senate as the legislative battle enters its second round of the 2014 session. [ 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.

Ind. House approves amended version of proposed same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana House has voted in favor of an altered proposal that would ban same-sex marriage in the state constitution, while leaving the door open for civil unions and employee benefits for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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Same-sex marriage ban poised for second vote in Ind. House

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana House is poised to take up an altered proposal that would ban same-sex marriage in the state constitution, while leaving the door open for civil unions and employee benefits for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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Ind. House strikes ‘second sentence’ from proposed gay marriage ban

Monday, January 27, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Same-sex couples in Indiana might eventually be able to enter into civil unions, but not marriages, under changes the House pushed Monday that could effectively delay a constitutional ban on same sex-weddings. [ Read more → ]
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Ind. House split on gay marriage ban, backers ‘guardedly optimistic’

Monday, January 27, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS — A poll of the 100 members of the Indiana House shows 38 plan to vote for a proposed constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage and 38 plan to vote against it, a newspaper report said Sunday. [ Read more → ]
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.

Ind. House Democrats weigh two plans to derail proposed gay marriage ban

Saturday, January 25, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- House Democrats will consider two different strategies to derail the effort to place a same-sex marriage ban in the Indiana Constitution, House Minority Leader Scott Pelath said Friday. [ Read more → ]
Scott Pelath

Democrats target civil unions prohibition in Ind. same-sex marriage ban

Friday, January 24, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The top Democrat in the Indiana House will lead an effort next week to delete a clause prohibiting civil unions from a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.

‘Second sentence’ becomes focus in Indiana’s gay marriage fight

Friday, January 24, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- As Indiana's gay marriage battle advanced to the House this week, opponents of a constitutional ban refocused their efforts on the wording of the measure in an effort to forestall an all-out ballot war through November. [ Read more → ]
Indiana State House in Indianapolis.

Ind. House panel advances proposed same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana lawmakers seeking a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in the state looked for traction in a House of Representatives committee on Wednesday, one week after the measure unexpectedly faltered in a different committee. [ Read more → ]
Milo Smith

Ind. committee chair kicks gay rights activist out of marriage hearing

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The chairman of the House Elections Committee has expelled an opponent of the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage from a second House hearing on the measure. [ Read more → ]
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New Ind. panel considers amendment to ban same-sex marriage

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- A new group of Indiana House lawmakers will hear testimony on the proposed state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, as part of a move designed to advance the measure in the General Assembly. [ Read more → ]
Brian Bosma

Ind. speaker pushes gay marriage ban by moving bill to ‘friendlier’ committee

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma on Tuesday sent a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage to a new committee amid concerns that it lacked support on another panel. [ Read more → ]
Michael Conroy, APBrian Bosma

Ind. speaker ready to change committee in order to advance gay marriage ban

Sunday, January 19, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS — House Speaker Brian Bosma has spent months working behind the scenes to approve an amendment banning gay marriage while publicly keeping the measure at arm's length, promising that it would run its normal democratic course in the Statehouse. Until last week. [ Read more → ]
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Vote could come next week on Ind. constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says lawmakers are taking their time deciding how they'll vote on a proposed amendment that would ban gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Darron Cummings, APIndiana Gov. Mike Pence delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature at the Statehouse Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Indianapolis.

Ind. governor Mike Pence wants decision on same-sex marriage ban this year

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Republican Gov. Mike Pence says the debate over whether to amend Indiana's constitution to ban same-sex marriage should be decided "once and for all" this year. [ Read more → ]
Adam Fraley

Congregation walks out after church forces gay choir director to resign

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, Ind. -- A small Methodist church in northern Indiana is divided and as much as eighty percent of the congregants have left the church after a popular gay choir director was forced to resign, and a respected church lay leader was fired for his support of the choir director. [ Read more → ]
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Two more Ind. city councils oppose same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Two more Indiana city councils are opposing efforts to write a gay marriage ban into the state constitution. [ Read more → ]
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Ind. House panel delays vote on proposed same-sex marriage ban

Monday, January 13, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The House Judiciary Committee has delayed a vote on a proposal to amend Indiana's constitution to ban same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.

Supporters, opponents of same-sex marriage square off in Indiana

Monday, January 13, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Hundreds of same-sex marriage activists have filled Indiana's House chamber for a hearing on a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis

Ind. House committee to consider proposed gay marriage ban on Monday

Sunday, January 12, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's legislative leaders are trying a different approach in again proposing a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. House Speaker Brian Bosma announced last week that lawmakers would consider the proposed amendment, unchanged from what the General Assembly first passed in 2011. [ Read more → ]
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Lobbyists bombard House panel over proposed ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, January 9, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Lobbyists on both sides of Indiana's gay marriage debate have been bombarding a small group of House lawmakers pivotal in deciding the fate of a measure that would codify a same-sex wedding ban as part of the state constitution. [ Read more → ]
Indiana capitol in Indianapolis.

Ind. lawmaker intoduces bill to add constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, January 9, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS — A Republican lawmaker in Indiana has introduced a measure that seeks to place the state's same-sex marriage ban into the state constitution. [ Read more → ]
Indiana State House in Indianapolis.

Same-sex marriage ban on agenda as Indiana lawmakers back in session

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana lawmakers began their 2014 legislative session Tuesday with a packed schedule that includes considering placing the state's gay marriage ban in the constitution. [ Read more → ]
Greg Zoeller

Ind. Attorney General fielding questions on proposed same-sex marriage ban

Saturday, December 28, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- The chief counsel for Indiana state officials said Friday he has been fielding a lot of questions about placing the state's gay marriage ban in the constitution. [ Read more → ]
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