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4:42 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Federal Judge: Ohio Must Recognize Out-of-State Gay Marriages

A federal judge says he will strike down part of Ohio's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, meaning the state must recognize marriages of gay couples who legally wed elsewhere.   

Judge Timothy Black made the statement Friday following final arguments in a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the marriage ban.

He says he'll issue the ruling April 14 ordering Ohio officials to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Black's ruling will not mean Ohio has to allow couples to marry there.

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Local News
1:05 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Terminally Ill Woman and Her Partner Join Indiana Gay Marriage Challenge

A woman with terminal cancer and her same-sex partner have joined a series of lawsuits aimed at stopping Indiana from enforcing its gay marriage ban.       

Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler of Munster joined one of those lawsuits this week. They were married in Massachusetts last year.

Court documents say Quasney has stage four ovarian cancer and isn't likely to survive for another year. The suit says the fact that Indiana doesn't recognize their marriage would deprive Sandler and her children of death benefits.

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Local News
7:17 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Kentucky Recognition of Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages Delayed

A federal judge is giving Kentucky more time to officially recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries.

The ruling Wednesday comes just two days before gay couples would have been allowed to change their names on official identifications and documents and obtain the benefits of any married couple in Kentucky.

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn in a four-page order said it is best that momentous changes in the law happen after full review, rather than running the risk of premature implementation or confusing the issues.

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6:30 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes 'Dodging' and 'Evading' Stance on Same-Sex Marriage Appeal, Says Independent

Independent U.S. Senate Ed Marksberry

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry is shredding Democratic contender Alison Lundergan Grimes for what he calls a "dodging" and "evading" answer on whether she support appealing a federal same-sex marriage ruling.

Kentucky's top two officials—Governor Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway—disagreed on whether the state should fight a federal order that the state must recognize out-of-state marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples.

Conway said he would not appeal the ruling while Beshear said he is hiring outside counsel to do so.

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Local News
3:58 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Indiana GOP State Senator Sanctioned After Criticism of Gay Marriage Vote

Indiana State Sen. Mike Delph
Indiana General Assembly

The top Republicans in the Indiana Senate have removed a conservative senator from leadership positions in the wake of an intraparty fight over amending the state's constitution to ban gay marriage.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long and other members of his leadership team told Sen. Mike Delph that he would lose his ranking within the GOP caucus, his seat in the Senate chamber among other Republicans and his press secretary.     Delph will now sit among the Senate Democrats.

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8:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Matt Bevin: Gay Marriage Ruling Undermines Kentucky Sovereignty

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin argued the recent federal court ruling in Kentucky regarding gay marriages performed in other states is redefining the institution.

But the Tea Party backed challenger to incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell is bristling at suggestions he said legalizing same-sex unions may potentially allow a parent to wed their child.

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Local News
4:40 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Indiana Senate Approves Altered Gay Marriage Amendment

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The Indiana Senate has advanced a proposed constitutional marriage ban with language that pushes off the soonest public referendum until at least 2016.

The Senate voted 32-17 this afternoon in favor of the measure.

The vote comes after the Senate approved a version last week which would force a delay in the referendum.

Local News
6:20 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Indiana Gay Marriage Amendment Won't Be On November Ballot

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Opponents of a proposed Indiana constitutional amendment banning gay marriage say they scored a "huge victory" when the state Senate advanced the measure without language barring civil unions.

The Senate decision Thursday effectively ends chances that the amendment will be put to voters before 2016. Indiana law requires proposed constitutional amendments to pass consecutive sessions of the Legislature in the same form twice before going to voters.

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Local News
12:15 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Kentucky Must Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages, Federal Judge Rules

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A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages—and the ruling may prelude further strikes against the state's 2004 same-sex marriage ban.

District Judge John G. Heyburn wrote that refusing to recognize same-sex marriages from outside the state violates the U.S. constitution's equal protection clause.

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Local News
4:39 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Altered Gay Marriage Ban Amendment Clears Indiana House

A proposal to place a ban on gay marriage in the Indiana constitution has been approved by the state House of Representatives.

The altered measure leaves the door open for civil unions and employer benefits for same-sex couples.

Lawmakers in the Republican-led House passed the proposal 57-40 after removing language that would ban recognition of anything “similar” to same-sex marriage.     

That change would also lengthen the process of amending the state constitution, but the clause could be reinserted by Senate Republicans.

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