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Attorneys face tough questions about gay marriage at appeals court

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State attorneys from Indiana and Wisconsin faced a barrage of questions Tuesday about adoption and raising children as they argued before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to save their respective states’ gay marriage bans. Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher was just seconds into an argument about the state’s […]

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Gay rights advocates rally as 7th Circuit prepares to hear arguments in marriage case

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Alice Hoenigman stood just 100 yards from the spot where she married her partner on June 25, the day a federal judge ruled that same sex couples could wed in Indiana. But on Monday, Hoenigman and dozens of others were rallying to make her union and hundreds of others […]

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Young issues another marriage ruling; decision stayed pending appeals court action

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A federal judge that previously declared the state’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional has now ruled in a separate case that Indiana must recognize gay marriages performed in other states. But the decision Thursday from U.S. District Judge Richard Young has no immediate effect. The Evansville-based judge stayed his […]

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Pence: State will pay adoption subsidies for special needs kids this year

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 1,400 families who adopted special needs children out of foster care are in line to receive state subsidies under an order Gov. Mike Pence gave a state agency Tuesday. The Department of Child Services will fund the $10 million in subsidies out of unspent money it would have […]

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Appeals court to stick with 3-judge panel for marriage, denies ‘en banc’ review

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals court has denied the state’s request that all 10 of its judges consider the constitutionality of the state’s marriage law. Instead, the court will move forward with previously scheduled oral arguments on Aug. 26 before an appeals panel of three judges. They will review […]

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Abortion rate fell again last year

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The abortion rate fell statewide in Indiana for a fifth consecutive year. Last year, 8,027 abortions were performed, an 8.9 percent drop since 2012 and the lowest number of pregnancies terminated in Indiana since 1975. The numbers are down more than 50 percent drop since the state’s all-time high […]

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Convenience stores to appeal cold beer rulings

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Convenience store owners announced Tuesday they will appeal state and federal court rulings that upheld a state law limiting cold beer sales to liquor stores. “Hoosiers are tired of paying the surcharges that apply to cold beer and are sick of having limited choices of where to buy cold […]

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Appeals Court to hear marriage arguments on Aug. 13

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A federal appeals court announced Monday that a three-judge panel will hear oral arguments in Indiana’s marriage case at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 13. The state is appealing a federal judge’s decision that struck down an Indiana law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The […]

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Federal court strikes law dictating who can officiate marriages in Indiana

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Indiana can’t prevent officials from The Humanist Society from conducting marriages in the state and urged lawmakers to allow notaries to do so as well. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit declared Indiana’s law limiting who […]

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Zoeller asks full appeals court to consider marriage law

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has asked a federal appeals court to skip a three-judge review of the state’s marriage law and go straight to a full court hearing. The attorney general’s office filed the motion Friday with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is reviewing a district […]

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