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The U.S. Supreme Court Monday denied requests to hear five same sex marriage cases, including Indiana’s, allowing lower court rulings on the issue to stand.  That means same sex marriage is once again legal in the Hoosier State.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling striking down Indiana’s gay marriage ban is therefore in effect; the federal court will issue an official order soon.    

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says county clerks will then be required to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.    

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Tuesday the state is appealing the 7th Circuit Court’s ruling that Indiana’s same  sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. People on both sides of the issue are ready for the nation’s highest court to provide clarity on the definition of marriage. 

Four other states are filing federal court appeals to reverse decisions that struck down their traditional marriage laws. Wisconsin also filed its appeal Tuesday. 

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Hoosier same sex couples say they’re celebrating a victory for love after the 7th Circuit Thursday ruled, in strong language, that Indiana’s same sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Attorneys representing those couples say the effects of the ruling are still on hold as the case is expected to continue.

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Indiana will not recognize same sex marriages legally performed before a federal appeals court halted a ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban, as Governor Mike Pence says the state must follow the rule of law.

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The same sex couple whose marriage was the first recognized in Indiana wants that recognition restored by a federal appeals court.

Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler, married in Massachusetts last year, are one of the couples who challenged Indiana’s marriage statute.  They also asked for emergency recognition of their marriage because Quasney is terminally ill with ovarian cancer. 

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday halted same sex marriage in Indiana, granting a motion by Attorney General Zoeller to stay the effects of a ruling that struck down the state’s gay marriage ban.

District Court Judge Richard Young Wednesday handed down a decision ruling Indiana’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional and ordered counties to license marriages for same sex couples. 

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A federal judge’s ruling striking down Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban brought a flurry of activity – and even some confusion – at county clerk offices Wednesday, as gay and lesbian couples applied to be legally married.

Judge Richard Young released the decision Wednesday without issuing a stay, meaning all same-sex couples in Indiana could immediately apply for marriage licenses.

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A federal judge Wednesday struck down Indiana’s ban on same sex marriage, saying marrying the person you love, regardless of gender, is a fundamental right.

In his ruling, Judge Richard Young says he’s never seen a “phenomenon” throughout the federal court system like the recent cases regarding same-sex marriage. 

Lambda Legal, the gay rights organization that represents the couples challenging Indiana’s ban, says there have been 19 federal rulings in same-sex marriage suits in the last year – and all 19 have gone in favor of same-sex couples. 

Hoosiers Unite for Marriage

Organizers of a new coalition supporting same sex marriage in Indiana say they’re out to change the hearts and minds of Hoosiers. The group is called Hoosiers Unite for Marriage. 

Kyle Megrath is the “marriage coordinator” for Hoosiers Unite for Marriage. He says that means he’s looking for real people affected by the state’s ban on same sex marriage – whether it’s couples who want to get married, clergy who support gay marriage and those on both sides of the political spectrum. 

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The Indiana Republican Party passed a platform Saturday endorsing marriage that some delegates found divisive.

The language officially adopted by the party says that strong families are founded on marriages between a man and a woman. It also recognizes the value of diversity in family structures.

But the plank didn't sit well with some delegates, who saw the position as divisive and wanted to amend the platform to remove the definition all together.

Marion County delegate Tom John proposed such an amendment to the platform during the convention.