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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Hearings Friday to consider state’s same-sex marriage ban"

Karen Caffarini reports in the Gary Post-Tribune:

A federal judge will preside Friday over two hearings in Evansville, one seeking to overturn Indiana’s ban on same sex marriages and one asking the state to continue to recognize a Munster lesbian couple’s marriage in another state.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young will hear oral arguments in the latest chapter in Baskin vs Bogan, a federal lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal in March in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on behalf of five Indiana couples, three of whom live in Northwest Indiana.

According to a Lambda Legal spokesman, Young is considering a motion for summary judgment seeking to have Indiana’s ban on gay marriages overturned.

“This will be for all same-sex couples in Indiana, not just our plaintiffs,” the spokesman said. * * *

The other hearing will be for a preliminary injunction to extend the recognition of the marriage of Quasney and Sandler through the duration of the court proceedings.

In April, Young granted the couple’s request for a temporary restraining order to keep the state from enforcing its ban on gay marriages against them.

Quasney, who has ovarian cancer, and Sandler, who have two children, ages 3 and 1, want Indiana to recognize their 2013 marriage in Massachusetts, one of 17 states where gay marriage is legal, in the event one of them should die.

[ILB emphasis]

The ILB had thought that at least one of the other four same sex-marriage cases pending before Judge Young, Love v. Pence, also would be considered tomorrow...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 1, 2014 09:08 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts