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Gun permit system to go online – only

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers seeking a gun permit will no longer be able to apply using paper after a new electronic system goes online Oct. 1. The system – available at the Indiana State Police website at in.gov/isp – will also give those with existing gun permits new options for renewals and […]

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State to spend $1.3 million on campaign to reduce infant mortality

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state will spend $1.3 million on a public awareness campaign aimed at reducing Indiana’s rate of infant deaths, which is among the highest in the nation. A combination of television, radio, online, transit and other ads will launch next month with messages meant to encourage breastfeeding and prenatal […]

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Indiana appeals marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state has asked the United State Supreme Court to declare its ban on gay marriage constitutional. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed an appeal with the nation’s highest court on Tuesday. He’s asking the justices to overturn last week’s 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which declared Indiana’s […]

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7th Circuit declares Indiana, Wisconsin gay marriage bans unconstitutional

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has declared the Indiana and Wisconsin bans on gay marriage unconstitutional with a blistering ruling that wholly rejects arguments that heterosexual marriage best protects children. But the court did not order the states to begin issuing marriage licenses or to recognize couples who have already been […]

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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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