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Friday, March 14, 2014

Ind. Courts - Star report on: "Third lawsuit aimed at Indiana same-sex marriage ban"

Tim Evans and Jill Disis of the Indianapolis Star now have a story on the first of the two lawsuits filed this morning challenging Indiana's same-sex marriage ban. Some quotes:

A trio of federal lawsuits challenging Indiana's same-sex marriage ban have been filed this month, joining a mounting number of similar complaints cropping up in courts nationwide.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit Friday morning in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on behalf of 15 plaintiffs, including two children of same-sex couples, challenging the same-sex marriage ban and the state's refusal to recognize gay unions legally performed in other states.

The ACLU suit marked the third such complaint filed in Indiana this month, following a challenge to Indiana's law filed Monday by gay-rights legal organization Lambda Legal, and another lawsuit filed in the same U.S. District Court last Friday by four other Indiana same-sex couples.

"The government is a powerful teacher of discrimination," said Sean Lemieux, an attorney working on the ACLU case. "There is no justification for Indiana to treat these families as second-class citizens. The families in this case want the responsibility, security and dignity that only marriage provides, and their children deserve the same protections that other Indiana families enjoy." * * *

The three Indiana lawsuits are among dozens of similar legal challenges filed nationwide that took off last year after a U.S. Supreme Court decision gave full federal recognition to legally married gay couples. Recent public opinion polls also have shown growing acceptance of gay marriage.

Here are the ILB posts this morning on the ACLU lawsuit, plus the most recent lawsuit, relating to pensions of same-sex partners who are police and firefighters.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 14, 2014 01:02 PM
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