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Federal judge grants same-sex marriage status to one couple – for now

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young ruled Thursday that a same-sex couple’s marriage is legal – at least temporarily. The case, Baskin v. Bogan, addressed end-of-life issues facing a lesbian couple from southern Indiana. Plaintiffs Nikole Quasney and Amy Sandler, represented by the law firm Lambda Legal, requested the […]

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State seeks to reinstate charges against David Lott Hardy

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An attorney for the former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission chairman argued Monday that the decision of a Marion County judge to dismiss all charges should be upheld by the Indiana Court of Appeals. In August 2012, the state filed charges accusing David Lott Hardy of inappropriately assisting an IURC […]

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Democratic candidate for auditor focuses on marriage tax policy

By Antonio Cordero TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democratic auditor candidate Mike Claytor stood in front of the Indiana Department of Revenue on Thursday to talk about one of his main campaign goals: Equal rights for same-sex married couples. Claytor, an accountant, focused on the tax policy set by the state Department of Revenue – and confirmed […]

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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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Criminal code legislation makes prosecutors happy, public defenders nervous

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House passed an update Wednesday to last year’s massive criminal code reform, a measure Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, called a “culmination of one of the largest collaborations on one bill in Indiana history.” The Senate is expected to vote on the measure Thursday, the last day legislators […]

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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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Video & story: Senate sends lifeline expansion to governor

Indiana lawmakers act to expand Lifeline Law from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate sent legislation to the governor Thursday that would expand the state’s Lifeline Law to give immunity to minors who are crime victims or witnesses even if they’ve been drinking. Senate Bill 227 is meant in part […]

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Expungement law expanded under bill

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com        INDIANAPOLIS – Changes to the expungement law that took effect last year were expanded Thursday under a bill that will now go to the governor. House Bill 1155 gives applicants for expungement the opportunity to correct the form if they’ve made a mistake. The way the applications are filed and who […]

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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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House passes lifeline law expansion, study of sex assaults

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Lifeline Law that gives immunity to intoxicated minors who call 911 could be expanded under a bill that unanimously passed the House on Wednesday. Senate Bill 227, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, would extend immunity to minors reporting any medical emergency, as well as minors who are […]

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