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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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Indiana AG asks judge to stay same-sex marriage ruling while state appeals

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Greg Zoeller
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana attorney general's office says it will appeal a federal court ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Spokesman Bryan Corbin says attorneys are still analyzing Judge Richard Young's Wednesday ruling and will advise county clerks on what procedures they should follow in its wake.

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First same-sex couple marries in Indianapolis

| Wednesday, June 25, 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.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Same-sex couples have begun applying for marriage licenses and getting hitched in Indiana following a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban. Several couples arrived at the Marion County clerk's office in Indianapolis to apply for marriage licenses about an hour after U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the state's ban was unconstitutional.

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Marion County, Ind., clerk to begin performing same-sex marriages

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Beth White
INDIANAPOLIS -- Marion County Clerk Beth White says she will perform short, civil marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples who make a $50 donation to a group supporting gay and transgender youths. White's office also is changing the wording of its online marriage license application from bride and groom to spouse and spouse.

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Federal judge strikes down Indiana ban on same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal judge has struck down Indiana's ban on gay marriage, calling it unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled Wednesday that the state's ban violates the U.S. Constitution's equal-protection clause in a mixed ruling involving lawsuits from several gay couples.

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Ind. says it has the right to pick and choose which marriages it recognizes

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R-Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS -- States have the right to decide which out-of-state licenses they choose to recognize, including marriage licenses, attorneys for Indiana argued in a brief filed with a federal appeals court. The filing by the Indiana attorney general's office Wednesday in the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago was in response to...

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Broader decision on Indiana same-sex marriage ban could be coming

| Saturday, June 14, 2014
Niki Quasney (left) and Amy Sandler.
INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal judge's lengthy deliberations on whether to stay his ruling recognizing a same-sex Indiana couple's marriage could signal that a broader decision is coming, legal experts say. The state asked a federal judge for the stay on May 8, and a marriage law expert says it is "absolutely unusual" for a judge to take so much time to grant a stay.

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Ind. GOP overwhelmingly approves party platform opposing same-sex marriage

| Saturday, June 7, 2014
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Delegates to the Indiana Republican Party convention have overwhelmingly approved a party platform opposing same-sex marriage. The state party platform now officially supports the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.

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Ind. GOP panel adds opposition to same-sex marriage in party platform

| Friday, June 6, 2014
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- An effort to remove gay marriage language from the state GOP platform has been defeated by a panel of Republicans at the party's state convention.

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Battle against same-sex marriage in Indiana unlikely to disappear soon

| Sunday, May 25, 2014
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Same-sex marriage is an issue that never seems to die in Indiana politics. The most recent battle is being played out inside the Republican Party, as delegates to the party's upcoming convention ponder whether the GOP platform should support defining marriage as being between one man and one woman.

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Ind. Republican Party reopens same-sex marriage debate in party platform

| Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- A few lines proposed for the Indiana Republican Party's platform have reopened a debate over same-sex marriage that dominated the start of the year.

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