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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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Indiana officials say death penalty protocol is sound

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – With the possibility of an execution occurring yet this year, Indiana officials are standing by their death penalty process, despite controversies over prolonged lethal injections in other states. Doug Garrison, chief communications officer for the Indiana Department of Corrections, said officials are confident they have the right death penalty […]

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Loretta Rush to be first female chief justice in Indiana

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana made history Wednesday afternoon when a nominating panel selected Loretta Rush to be the next chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. She is the first woman in the nearly 200 years of the court to hold the position. “I’m thrilled to serve the state of Indiana in […]

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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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2nd judge declares right-to-work law unconstitutional; state to seek stay

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Lake County judge has struck down Indiana’s 2012 right-to-work law that made it illegal for companies to compel non-union members to pay fees for union services. But Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Wednesday that he will ask for a stay to prevent the decision from taking effect […]

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Conflicting court rulings could impact Indiana health care subsidies

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Federal appeals courts handed down conflicting rulings Tuesday on whether residents in some states – including Indiana – qualify for government subsidies to pay for heath insurance. A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said no, ruling that the federal Affordable Care Act limits the subsidies […]

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State to study constructing judicial building on Statehouse parking lot

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Pence administration will study whether the state should build a new judicial and government center on property north of the Statehouse under direction from the Indiana General Assembly last session. The mandate for the judicial study was tucked in a bill that deals with tax issues – and […]

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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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Federal court strikes law dictating who can officiate marriages in Indiana

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Indiana can’t prevent officials from The Humanist Society from conducting marriages in the state and urged lawmakers to allow notaries to do so as well. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit declared Indiana’s law limiting who […]

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