Indiana

STATUS:

Anti-marriage law; a federal judge has ruled that the statute is unconstitutional. The ruling is stayed pending appeal to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

WHAT'S HAPPENING:

On June 25, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Young struck down Indiana's ban on marriage for same-sex couples, declaring that the law violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection and due process. The ruling took effect immediately, and same-sex couples were able to marry for several days before the ruling was stayed pending appeal. Read more about marriage litigation in Indiana.

After the 2014 legislative session, where marriage supporters worked to ensure that HJR-3, a constitutional amendment that sought to ban any and all protections for same-sex couples and their families, did not appear on the November 2014 ballot, marriage supporters are continuing to work toward the freedom to marry in Indiana.

In June 2014, marriage supporters came together to form Hoosiers Unite for Marriage, a public education effort dedicated to increasing support for marriage in Indiana. 

HISTORY:

Every year since 2004, the Indiana state legislature has proposed or voted on a constitutional amendment to exclude same-sex couples and their families from marriage. In 2011, the House and Senate approved the proposed amendment.

In 2013 and 2014, marriage supporters came together to launch Freedom Indiana, the campaign to defeat an identical version of the amendment, HJR-3. If it were approved again, the anti-freedom amendment would be placed before voters in November 2014, but in February 2014, Freedom Indiana succeeded in  The amendment, HJR-6, must be defeated in order to protect liberty for all Hoosiers in the state. 

An Indiana state statute forbids the government from recognizing or performing marriages or other forms of union between same-sex couples.

GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:

  • Hoosiers Unite for Marriage is the grassroots public education campaign to build support for the freedom to marry in Indiana.
  • Freedom Indiana is a statewide bipartisan coalition of businesses, faith leaders, civil rights and community organizations, and individuals united to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment that would permanently ban all protections for same-sex couples and their families in Indiana. Freedom to Marry was proud to serve as a leading member of the coalition. 
  • Indiana Equality Action is a coalition of organizations from around the state that focus on ensuring basic human rights for Indiana's LGBT citizens.
  • The ACLU of Indiana is the state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, committed to standing up for equality for all Hoosiers.
  • Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide. 

RECENT POLLING: 

54% of Indiana residents oppose changing the state constitution to bar gay couples from marrying, while just38% support doing so. (Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University and WISH-TV, December 2012)

NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES

According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 11,074 same-sex couples are living in Indiana, representing 4.4 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.

Blog Posts Related to Indiana

Wave of appellate arguments continues in August at 6th Circuit and 7th Circuit

Next month, same-sex couples in six different states will get their day in court at the federal appellate level when the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and the 7th Circuit hold oral arguments in a wide range of legal cases seeking the freedom to marry or respect for marriages between same-sex couples legally performed in other states.

Federal judge in Indiana strikes down marriage ban

Today, June 25, 2014, U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young ruled in favor of the freedom to marry, striking down Indiana's ban on marriage for same-sex couple and becoming the latest judge in an amazing year of victories for marriage in every corner of the country.

One border and 30 miles make all the difference in how these same-sex couples are treated

To illustrate the reality of these untenable marriage laws, we spoke with two couples who have led similar lives and yet, because of the state border between Illinois and Indiana are treated dramatically differently when it comes to accessing simple respect for their relationship.

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Resources Related to Indiana

Pew Poll Finds Growing Support for Freedom to Marry Among Evangelicals, Majority Support Among Youth

A comprehensive Pew poll found majority support for the freedom to marry among young people, college graduates and Catholics, with growing support among all other religious categories.

Indiana Census Snapshot

Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Indiana.

Geographic Trends Among Same-Sex Couples in the U.S. Census and the American Community Survey

Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".

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