Indiana

STATUS:

Anti-marriage law

WHAT'S HAPPENING:

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 March 2014, five separate lawsuits were filed seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples or respect for out-of-state marriages across the state of Indiana. Read more about marriage litigation 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:

  • 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 is 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.
  • 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

Q&A: What’s Happening with Marriage in the Courts?

Freedom to Marry founder and president Evan Wolfson describes the dynamic litigation landscape and explains how all Americans can do their part in creating the climate for these courts - including the U.S. Supreme Court - to rule in favor of marriage nationwide as soon as possible.

Litigation Round-Up: Where marriage cases stand in the federal appellate courts

After today's great victory in Ohio, it's a good time to check in on the state of marriage litigation across the country. In nine states, marriage litigation is currently pending at the federal appellate level in five different Circuit Courts.

Federal judge rules Indiana must immediately respect one couple’s marriage

Today, a federal judge ruled that the state of Indiana must respect the marriage of a same-sex couple from Munster, Indiana - Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney. One of the spouses, Niki, was diagnosed in 2009 with ovarian cancer and is terminally ill. The judge issued an emergency temporary restraining order declaring that Indiana must respect their marriage.

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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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