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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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For couples challenging Ind., Wis., marriage bans, the fight is about fairness

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Bonnie Everly, left, and Lyn Judkins, from Chesterton, Ind., embrace during a rally in support of gay marriage at the federal plaza Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Chicago.
The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Tuesday on gay marriage fights from Indiana and Wisconsin, setting the stage for one ruling. Each case deals with whether statewide gay marriage bans violate the Constitution. For the couples challenging the bans, the fight is about fairness and the right to be treated like any other couple. A look at ....

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Marriage equality supporters rally in Ind. ahead of appeals court hearing

| Monday, August 25, 2014
Henry Greene, left, is joined by his husband Glenn Funkhouser, right, and their son Casey Greene as he spoke at a rally for gay couples in Indianapolis, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 that are part of a court hearing on the challenge to Indiana's same-sex marriage ban. Nearly 100 supporters gathered at the City Market in downtown Indianapolis to see off some of the plaintiffs as they left to attend legal arguments before a federal appeals court on Tuesday.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Gay couples heading to Chicago to challenge Indiana's same-sex marriage ban told supporters Monday that they believe they are on the right side of history. Nearly 100 supporters at a rally sponsored by Hoosiers Unite for Marriage gathered at the City Market in downtown Indianapolis to wave off the four couples as they left to attend legal arguments before...

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Marriage News Watch: Victory in Fla., 7th Circuit to hear Ind., Wis., marriage cases

| Monday, August 25, 2014
Carmine Caruso holds a rainbow flag during a rally in supports of same sex marriage in front of the Ada County courthouse in Boise, Idaho, on Friday, May 16, 2014. Idaho's gay marriage ban was overturned Tuesday when U.S. District Judge Candy Dale said the law unconstitutionally denied gay and lesbian residents their fundamental right to marry. On May 15, 2014, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay while it considers whether a longer stay is needed.
The anti-gay Governor of Indiana just got caught making some wild claims in court, and now a judge has called him out in a sternly-worded ruling. Marriage equality has picked up another victory, with the first federal judge to rule in Florida. In Arizona, an elderly couple facing a terminal illness wants their marriage recognized; couples are fighting back against stalling ...

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Healthcare fears, end-of-life decisions loom large in same-sex marriage cases

| Monday, August 25, 2014
In this May 17, 2013, photo, Niki Quasney, left, talks about her ongoing battle with ovarian cancer as her partner, Amy Sandler, and daughter stand nearby at their home in Munster, Ind. Quasney receives treatment at hospitals in neighboring Illinois because she and Sandler, who wed last year in Massachusetts, fear that a private hospital near their Indiana home might not allow them to be together should Quasney suffer a medical emergency because of the state’s marriage ban.
INDIANAPOLIS -- When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room immediately. But instead of making the short drive to a hospital near her home in Munster, Indiana, she drove alone for more than 40 minutes to one in neighboring Illinois. Quasney said she was "terrified" ...

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Ind. governor struggles to find footing on one key issue: marriage equality

| Sunday, August 24, 2014
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS -- For someone who built his name as a stalwart of social and religious conservatism during a dozen years in Washington, Gov. Mike Pence has struggled to find his footing on one key issue: same-sex marriage. Earlier this summer, he made a surprising request to be removed as a party in a gay marriage lawsuit, with the argument that he could not enforce...

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Indiana appeals latest same-sex marriage ruling

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana is appealing a federal judge's ruling that the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Attorney General's office spokesman Bryan Corbin says the state filed an appeal Wednesday with the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Judge blasts Ind. governor for contradicting himself on gay marriage

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal judge says Indiana Gov. Mike Pence contradicted himself on same-sex marriage, telling the court he had no power to enforce Indiana's gay marriage ban but then directing executive agencies about how to proceed after court rulings on the subject. U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled Tuesday that Indiana must recognize same-sex ...

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Judge says Ind. must honor other states’ same-sex marriages

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Indiana must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, but says the ruling doesn't take effect until the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the issue. U.S. District Judge Richard Young decided Indiana must recognize the marriage of Michelle and Shannon Bowling of Indianapolis, who were married in ...

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Ind. asks federal appeals court to overturn same-sex marriage ruling

| Monday, August 11, 2014
Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS -- Attorneys who want a federal appeals court to overrule a judge who threw out Indiana's same-sex marriage ban say there's no constitutional right to marry a person of the same sex. The Indiana attorney general's office on Monday filed its final brief with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, repeating its argument that traditional marriage is in the interest of the state.

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Target joins legal brief supporting marriage equality

| Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Target
MINNEAPOLIS -- Target Corp. is adding its name to a legal defense of gay marriage, joining other large companies that are taking a stand, just four years after the retailer came under criticism for supporting a strident opponent of same-sex unions. Target said it has signed a court brief backing marriage equality in a pending court case and publicly declared its support ...

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