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Land-based casinos, live dealers among changes study committee likely to recommend

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Live dealers in race-track casinos. Riverboat gambling operations rebuilt on land. And more assistance for a resort in French Lick. Those are among the ideas that a panel of lawmakers appears increasingly likely to recommend to try to prop up a gambling industry rocked by competition from Ohio and […]

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It’s official: Court orders marriage licenses issued to gay couples

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – County clerks across Indiana can begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples under a mandate the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued Tuesday morning. The move comes one day after the U.S. Supreme Court opted not to consider requests from Indiana and four other states to uphold their laws banning […]

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Video & story: Gay marriage now legal in Indiana, high court opts not to review lower court decision

Gay marriage now legal in Indiana from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Hannah Troyer & Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gay marriage is now legal in Indiana. The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Indiana and four other states, a move that leaves in place lower court rulings that legalize same-sex unions. Those rulings […]

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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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