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Ban on selfies with ballot ruled unconstitutional

TheStatehouseFile.com By Shelby Mullis INDIANAPOLIS — On Monday evening, Federal Judge Sarah Evans Barker ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana saying the ban on “selfies” with a ballot is unconstitutional. More specifically, the law – enacted on July 1 – banned the “practice of taking or sharing a photograph of […]

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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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Video & story: Gay couples continue to marry as state waits for decision on stay

By Allie Nash and Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds of same-sex couples have been married across Indiana since a federal judge struck down a state ban, but opponents remained hopeful he would stay the decision pending an appeal.   Attorney General Greg Zoeller requested the stay – which would stop county clerks from issuing […]

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Plaintiffs, couples celebrate same-sex marriage ruling

Ban on same-sex marriage ruled “unconstitutional” from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Paige Clark, Jess Seabolt, Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – “Did you know that we won?” It was the question Greg Hasty asked the person who answered the phone at the Hamilton County Clerk’s office just after a federal judge struck down the state’s ban […]

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Video & story: Federal judge overturns Indiana gay marriage ban; couples wed in Indy

Same sex couple gets married at Marion County Clerk’s office from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Paige Clark  TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A federal judge on Wednesday overturned the state’s ban on same sex marriage – effective immediately – and couples across the state rushed to get hitched in case an appeals court stepped in to stop […]

Analysis: Amendment effort needs Democrats to be successful

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Analysis: Amendment effort needs Democrats to be successful

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A preliminary meeting meant to plan for a constitutional convention wrapped up Friday at the Indiana Statehouse with plans for another gathering in December and a convention as soon as 2015. Leaders acknowledged there are still plenty of details to work out before the states could come together to […]

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Video & story: Long says constitutional convention could come in 2015

Mount Vernon Assembly wraps up at the Statehouse from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana lawmaker pushing for a U.S. constitutional convention that would let states propose one or more amendments said he is hopeful it could happen as early as 2015. Indiana President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, […]

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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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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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House sends digital privacy bill to the governor

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House has sent the governor legislation that’s meant to protect the privacy of Hoosiers even as digital surveillance becomes easier and more sophisticated. House Bill 1009 requires police to obtain a search warrant before using a phone to track a person’s location or using an unmanned device – […]

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