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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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RTW fight returns to Statehouse – this time at the Supreme Court

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s right-to-work law violates the Indiana Constitution because it requires unions to provide services to non-members without compensation, an attorney representing labor groups told the state’s highest court Thursday. But a lawyer for the attorney general said the constitutional provision in question would only apply if the state […]

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Ed board settles public access lawsuit

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education has settled a lawsuit with four people who sued over public access issues, with the state agreeing to pay them $15,500 in attorney fees to drop the case. Ed Eiler, Tony Lux, Julie Hollingsworth and Catherine Fuentes-Rohwer sued the board in December 2013, claiming […]

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Commentary: Pence should stop playing games with judicial system

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has a problem with judges. Or maybe judges have a problem with him. A few days ago, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young issued a follow-up to his earlier ruling saying that Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. Much of this follow-up wasn’t a […]

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College students get web messages about Lifeline Law

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students returning to several Indiana colleges will be blasted with social media messages reminding them to call 911 to help friends who are in trouble, even if they’ve been drinking illegally. A new campaign to promote the Indiana Lifeline Law means students accessing the web through their colleges or […]

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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 […]

Analysis: 7th Circuit take on gay marriage could be important in larger debate

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Analysis: 7th Circuit take on gay marriage could be important in larger debate

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Does it even matter? That’s the question I’ve been mulling as attorneys prepare to argue the constitutionality of Indiana’s law banning same sex marriage before a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. After all, two other federal appeals courts have already ruled on the […]

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Pence: State remains right-to-work state, despite court ruling

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Friday that Indiana continues to be a right-to-work state, even though a Lake County Circuit Court judge has refused to stay a ruling declaring the state’s right-to-work law unconstitutional. On Thursday, Circuit Judge George Paras – who issued the ruling last month deeming Indiana’s right-to-work […]

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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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Analysis: New chief justice makes court more representative for women

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state will have its first female chief justice later this month when Loretta Rush takes over for Brent Dickson, who is stepping down from the position. A nominating panel picked Rush over three colleagues last week to serve as the state’s top judge. The panel’s members were adamant […]

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