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ACLU: RFRA violates law that keeps sex offenders from attending some churches

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed a lawsuit challenging the law that bans sex offenders from attending church services in facilities that also houses a school. The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of two men from Allen and Elkhart counties. The group said this ban violates […]

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Small group of LGBT activists speak out as RFRA goes into effect

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A handful of people showed up in the Statehouse rotunda on Wednesday to continue protesting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act – a law that went into effect the same day. Their message? That the fight for equality for lesbian gay bisexual and transgender groups will still carry on. Members […]

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Lawmakers seek AG investigation into Humane Society of US fundraising

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A group of six lawmakers wants the state to investigate the Humane Society of the United States, accusing the group of deceptive fundraising tactics. The lawmakers – led by Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford – wrote to Attorney General Greg Zoeller to ask him to look into the society, which […]

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New law: 211 service to receive state funding for the first time

Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A nonprofit human services program will receive state funding for the first time under the next two-year budget crafted earlier this year by legislators. “I got approached by some folks who were involved with United Way and they started talking about the benefits 211 provides,” said bill author, Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville. […]

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Same-sex marriage supporters gather in the Statehouse rotunda to celebrate SCOTUS ruling

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– The booming sound of more than 300 people chanting “love wins” echoed through the rotunda and halls of the Statehouse just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court put an end to the same-sex marriage debate in all 50 states. “We are expecting around 100 people “Ann Buckwaltor, Freedom Indiana field […]

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Supreme Court rules same-sex couples have a right to marry

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Supreme Court handed down the decision to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states on Friday. The 5-4 ruling means same-sex couples can continue to marry in Indiana. “Today’s ruling reinforces the belief that a solid majority of Hoosiers have already expressed: that marriage equality is a […]

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DCS discusses needs of the state’s foster children

By Max Bomber TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS– Maltreatment of children in the state’s foster care system has increased 38 percent from April 2013 to April 2015. The Department of Child Services (DCS) describes maltreatment as children with at least one substantial allegation of abuse or neglect when the perpetrator is a foster parent or a staff member. […]

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Discrimination against gays won’t be part of summer study committee roster

By Keith Kassen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State lawmakers will not conduct a public study of gay rights issues in Indiana in advance of the 2016 legislative session. Legislative leaders on Thursday approved 40 topics for work by summer study committees, but adding sexual orientation to the state’s civil rights law was not one. Senate President […]

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Pence lets casino bill become law; vetoes online horse wagering bill

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Riverboats could rebuild on land and horse-track casinos could get live dealers in five years under a bill Gov. Mike Pence will allow to become law without his signature. But the Republican governor vetoed legislation that would have legalized betting on horse racing from gamblers’ computers and phones. Pence […]

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Arc training hotel to be named after Carl Erskine, Steve Green

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A hospitality training institute for people with disabilities will open next January in Muncie with a new name. The Erskine Green Training Institute will provide vocational training for jobs in the hotel, food service and healthcare industries. The Arc of Indiana Foundation, a group that advocates for people with development […]

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