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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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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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

Thursday, September 4, 2014
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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 [...]

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Federal appeals court issues scathing rebuke of Wis., Ind. gay marriage bans

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Jake Miller, 30, and Craig Bowen, 35, right, kiss after being married by Marion County Clerk Beth White, center, in Indianapolis, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
CHICAGO -- A U.S. appeals court ruled Thursday that same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violate the U.S. Constitution, in another in a series of courtroom wins for marriage equality advocates. The unanimous decision by the three-judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago [...]

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Contradictions on same-sex marriage ill-serve Hoosiers

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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As a representative serving in Congress, Mike Pence was a strong advocate for a constitutional same-sex marriage ban. Earlier this year, as governor of Indiana, Pence repeated his support for "traditional marriage" and urged legislators to act on a state ban on gay marriage. But in recent months, as gay [...]

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Marriage equality playing key role in many political races throughout Indiana

Monday, September 1, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana voters who'd hoped to decide whether to place the state's same-sex marriage ban in the constitution won't find the issue on the November ballot. But marriage equality is still playing a role in many political races, giving Democrats hopes of gaining a critical foothold in the heavily [...]

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