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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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Court orders Ind. to recognize terminally ill spouse’s same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Niki Quasney (left) and Amy Sandler.
INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal appeals court has ordered Indiana to recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple on the death certificate that is issued when one terminally ill partner dies. Tuesday's ruling came after the court stayed a federal judge's order setting aside Indiana's prohibition of gay marriage as unconstitutional.

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Ind. AG leaves door open to marriage recognition for terminally ill spouse

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana attorney general's office has opened the door to allowing one lesbian couple's marriage to survive a stay order that halted same-sex weddings in the state. In a four-page filing Tuesday, the attorney general's office repeated its argument that Indiana law allows no hardship exception for Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler...

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Marriage News Watch: Marriage wins in western states

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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This week's Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), features updates from Utah, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, Louisiana, and Maine.

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Motion filed to protect terminally ill spouse’s same-sex marriage

| Monday, June 30, 2014
Niki Quasney (left) and Amy Sandler.
INDIANAPOLIS — A national gay rights group filed an emergency request Monday to protect the first same-sex marriage recognized in Indiana now that a federal appeals court has halted a judge’s ruling that overturned the state’s gay marriage ban. Lawyers from Lambda Legal asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago for the continued ...

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Ind. same-sex couples face waiting game on whether marriages are valid

| Monday, June 30, 2014
Adam Shoffner, right, shouts his joy after he married Daniel Tolliver, left, Thursday, June 26, 2014, as Marion County Clerk Beth White looks on.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Same-sex couples who rushed to courthouses across Indiana during the three days it was legal for them to get married there could now face long months before they learn whether their unions are valid. Legal experts disagreed about the issue Saturday, and it isn't certain a clear answer will be reached any time soon.

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Federal appeals court grants stay, puts Ind. same-sex marriages on hold

| Friday, June 27, 2014
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A federal appeals court on Friday put on hold a judge's order striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban, bringing same-sex marriages to a halt and leaving those who've already tied the knot in legal limbo. The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago issued the order two days after U.S. District Judge Richard Young had that Indiana's...

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ACLU objects to stay in gay marriage ruling as confusion grows among clerks

| Friday, June 27, 2014
Michael Foster, second left, and Larry Foster, right, hug with their children Joseph, 13, left, Kaleb, 11, center, and Madeline, 9, as the couple were married in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 26, 2014. A federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately allowed gay couples to wed.
INDIANAPOLIS — The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed an objection to Indiana's request for an emergency stay of a federal judge's order striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban. The ACLU's petition says "the public interest strongly weighs against the stay" sought by Attorney General Greg Zoeller...

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Ind. clerk denies marriage licenses to gay couples because of ‘biblical beliefs’

| Friday, June 27, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- A southwestern Indiana county clerk says she won't issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her biblical beliefs and what she calls a lack of clear direction.

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Marion County, Ind., clerk’s office weds 186 same-sex couples

| Thursday, June 26, 2014
Marion County Clerk Beth White
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Marion County Clerk's office says 186 same-sex couples were wed at its downtown Indianapolis office Wednesday after a federal judge overturned Indiana's gay marriage ban. The clerk's office says it issued more than 200 marriage licenses to gay couples Wednesday and the office remained open more than six hours ...

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Same-sex couples’ Indiana marriage celebrations could be derailed

| Thursday, June 26, 2014
Melody Merida, center, marries Erin Lynae Fox, right, and Jennifer Elizabeth Fox as their sons Isaac, 7, left, and Redmond, 4, look on in the marion County Clerks office in Indianapolis, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Same-sex couples eager to wed in Indiana after a federal judge overturned the state's ban on gay marriage are waiting to see how the judge responds to a request that he stay his order while the attorney general appeals. Hundreds of same-sex couples lined up at courthouses across the state Wednesday for marriage licenses ...

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