Working Towards the Marriage Equality In Indiana

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U.S. District Court Judge Young struck down Indiana’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples, on June 25, 2014. He declared that the law violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection and due process. This was done in the case of Baskin v. Bogan. The ruling took effect immediately, and same-sex couples were able to marry for three days before The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit granted an emergency stay of the district court’s ruling, pending appeal.

Marriage supporters are continuously working towards the freedom to marry in Indiana. More than 100 first responders have signed a legal brief that will be filed with the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals, said Jennifer Wagner, spokeswoman of Hoosiers Unite for Marriage.

The signers – from Indianapolis, Evansville, Terre Haute, New Albany, Kokomo and other Indiana communities – argue the two states (Indiana and Wisconsin) deny gay first responders “the equal dignity and respect they deserve.” The plaintiffs who challenged Indiana’s gay marriage ban include firefighters and police officers.

SOME HISTORY
Every year since 2004, the Indiana state legislature has proposed or voted on a constitutional amendment to exclude same-sex couples and their families from marriage. The House and Senate approved the proposed amendment on 2011. However, in 2013 and 2014, marriage supporters came together to launch Freedom Indiana, the campaign to defeat an identical version of the amendment, HJR-3. If it were approved again, the anti-freedom amendment would be placed before voters in November 2014.

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