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Commentary: Dearly beloved…..

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Commentary: Dearly beloved…..

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  NOBLESVILLE, Indiana – The world doesn’t end. Outside, rain falls in warm, heavy drops that land with soft splats on the skin. Inside, two former students, two friends, two women, beautiful in their white wedding dresses, stand before the minister, nervous and eager to begin their lives as a married couple. […]

Commentary: A referendum, not an election

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Commentary: A referendum, not an election

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Democrat John Gregg runs against Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, in the gubernatorial campaign next year, the wisest strategy for the challenger might be to sit quietly in a corner somewhere. Any activity on Gregg’s part will just distract attention from the overarching issue – Pence’s contentious […]

Commentary: Tyranny as close as the county courthouse

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Commentary: Tyranny as close as the county courthouse

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When John F. Kennedy campaigned for president in 1960, he ran into a problem. Many clergy members – mostly evangelical Protestants – worried publicly he couldn’t fulfill the duties of the nation’s highest office because he was a Catholic. The conservative ministers argued he would take direction from the […]

Commentary: Martyrs on the cheap

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Commentary: Martyrs on the cheap

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Social conservatives seem to have a new set of folk heroes. They’re applauding the county clerks and other public officials who, following the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay unions in all 50 states, refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The defiant clerks say condoning gay marriage […]

Commentary: The Fourth and our family quarrel for the ages

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Commentary: The Fourth and our family quarrel for the ages

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Somehow, it is fitting that we Americans are having, as we approach the Fourth of July holiday, another national discussion about our bedrock principles. Freedom. Equality. Justice. Like so many of our debates, this one resembles a family quarrel. And, like many family arguments, this one, in different forms, […]

Commentary: The Supreme Court and an end to the bleeding

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Commentary: The Supreme Court and an end to the bleeding

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Many conservatives now would like to firebomb the U.S. Supreme Court. The nation’s highest court issued two historic decisions, back to back, that enraged the most partisan and ideological members of the American right. The first came Thursday morning with a 6-3 decision upholding the Affordable Care Act – […]

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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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Man fights all the way to US Supreme Court to protect his marriage

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A man at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case about marriage equality spoke Friday in Indianapolis, saying he is honoring his late husband with his fight to legalize their union. “When my husband John died, I never thought I would have to fight all the way to […]

Commentary: What we could learn from the Irish

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Commentary: What we could learn from the Irish

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – So, same-sex marriage now is legal in lovely green Ireland. A few days ago, voters on the Emerald Isle cast their ballots overwhelmingly in favor of allowing people of the same gender to commit themselves to each other in marriage. A little more than 61 percent of Irish citizens […]

Commentary: Price tags for pandering

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Commentary: Price tags for pandering

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Years ago, the members of the Indiana General Assembly set themselves a task. They wanted to approve a measure that would allow the state of Indiana to post the Ten Commandments on the Statehouse lawn. Many, perhaps even most, of the legislators knew it was a foolish quest. Courts […]

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