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Federal judge grants same-sex marriage status to one couple – for now

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young ruled Thursday that a same-sex couple’s marriage is legal – at least temporarily. The case, Baskin v. Bogan, addressed end-of-life issues facing a lesbian couple from southern Indiana. Plaintiffs Nikole Quasney and Amy Sandler, represented by the law firm Lambda Legal, requested the […]

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Democratic candidate for auditor focuses on marriage tax policy

By Antonio Cordero TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democratic auditor candidate Mike Claytor stood in front of the Indiana Department of Revenue on Thursday to talk about one of his main campaign goals: Equal rights for same-sex married couples. Claytor, an accountant, focused on the tax policy set by the state Department of Revenue – and confirmed […]

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ACLU sues state in effort to recognize same-sex marriage

By Jessica Wray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The ACLU of Indiana filed a lawsuit on Friday challenging the state’s current marriage law. The suit – the third filed against the state’s marriage law in the last month – is aimed at gaining recognition for gay and lesbian couples who are married in states that allow same-sex […]

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Bill headed to Pence allows guns in school parking lots

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The legislature passed a bill Thursday that would make it legal to leave firearms locked and concealed in vehicles on school property. Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, said the bill makes changes that are “common sense” and it is meant to keep “law abiding citizens” from being charged with felonies. […]

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Bill requires study of babies born addicted

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to study the problems associated with babies born from addicted mothers passed the Indiana House of Representatives on Wednesday. Senate Bill 408 defines Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome as the negative effects illegal or prescription drugs have on newborns who were exposed to the drugs before they were born. […]

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Bill to let state parks sell alcohol close to becoming law

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Department of Natural Resources could permit the sale of alcohol on its land under a bill that passed the Indiana House on Wednesday. House Bill 1116 would allow alcohol to be sold at inns located on DNR property if a permit is obtained. The bill also includes provisions […]

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Abortion insurance bill on its way to Pence

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to ban insurance automatic coverage for most abortions is on its way to the governor’s office. House Bill 1123 would force customers who want the coverage to pay for it separately as an add-on through a rider or endorsement. The ban would not apply to cases of rape, […]

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Video & story: Lawmakers close to decision of guns on school property

Indiana lawmakers work on gun bill from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers appear close to finishing legislation that will in part let Hoosiers bring guns onto school property – as long as they stay in locked cars. Members of a House-Senate conference committee met behind closed doors Monday after a […]

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Lawsuit challenges Indiana’s definition of marriage

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Four Hoosier couples are challenging the state’s marriage law, saying it’s unconstitutional for Indiana to refuse to marry same-sex couples or recognize gay unions from other states. The lawsuit – filed in the U.S. District Court of Southern Indiana – says the state law violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees […]

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Video & story: Senate sends lifeline expansion to governor

Indiana lawmakers act to expand Lifeline Law from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate sent legislation to the governor Thursday that would expand the state’s Lifeline Law to give immunity to minors who are crime victims or witnesses even if they’ve been drinking. Senate Bill 227 is meant in part […]

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