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July 30, 2014
Yesterday the individuals fighting Indiana's ban on same-sex marriages and its failure to recognize such marriages performed outside the state filed their appellate brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. The brief was filed in the consolidated appeal of three cases that had resulted in the June decision of Chief Judge Richard Young of the U.S. District Court to overturn Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage. The district court ruling opened a three-day window where Hoosier couples were legally married. Hundreds of couples exchanged their vows, but the Seventh Circuit issued a stay that stopped further marriages pending appeal.
Thirty-six plaintiffs, including the seven individuals we are representing, are part of this case, which will be heard by the Seventh Circuit at 9:30 a.m. (Central Time) on August 26.
The ACLU of Indiana is excited to bring our educational program First Wednesdays to South Bend for the first time next Wednesday, August 6. "A Community Divided: South Bend Confronts Free Speech" will explore varied aspects of our First Amendment protections of free expression, including the case we filed this year challenging the city's street performance ordinance and other debates about free speech. We hope you'll join us for a civil and informative program. Bring your lunch, and we'll bring the conversation!
Jack Colwell, political columnist for The South Bend Tribune, and adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame, will moderate the 50-minute discussion. Panelists include Jane Henegar, ACLU of Indiana Executive Director; Andy Hughes, Arts & Entertainment Editor for The South Bend Tribune; and the Honorable Steve Luecke, former mayor of South Bend. Bring your lunch, and we'll bring the conversation!
ACLU of Indiana Director of Philanthropy
July 25, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana (ACLU of Indiana) seeks a dynamic and ambitious Director of Philanthropy to lead the affiliate's fundraising program and significantly increase resources to defend civil liberties throughout Indiana. Based in Indianapolis, the ACLU of Indiana is led by a 30-member Board of Directors, has a staff of nine, and an annual operating budget of more than $900,000. Though the Indiana affiliate was founded in 1953, nationally ACLU has been defending the Constitution since 1920. To celebrate our upcoming 100th anniversary, the ACLU is embarking on the most ambitious nationwide comprehensive fundraising campaign in our history.
July 25, 2014
When we posted our July 11 letter to Attorney General Holder, we also told you that we were not sure if there was anything to be done about Governor Pence's position that same-sex marriages will not be recognized under Indiana law. Recent events in other courts have given us some direction on what we may or may not be able to accomplish in the coming months.
Utah also had a "window period" between its district court ruling striking down the law prohibiting same-sex marriage and before a stay was issued. After the stay, Utah, like Indiana, did not intend to recognize those marriages. A lawsuit was filed seeking an order declaring those marriages valid under state law. And, the federal district court declared that the window period marriages were in fact valid under Utah law. This ruling was upheld on appeal. (Attorney General Holder had already extended federal recognition.)
July 2, 2014
We understand that in the wake of the Seventh Circuit's stay of Judge Richard Young's decision striking down Indiana's ban on the performance and recognition of same-sex marriages that there are a lot of questions. The Seventh Circuit has set the case on an expedited briefing schedule with the case to be fully briefed by early August, so we are hoping for a prompt decision. However, even if we win, there may be another stay entered pending a possible review by the U.S. Supreme Court.
It is our position that all marriages entered into in Indiana after Judge Young's decision and before the stay late in the afternoon on Friday, June 27, are valid. However, that is our position only and may not be shared by the government or private entities that are being asked to recognize the marriages.
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July 14, 2014
Indianapolis — Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit found that the exclusion of certified secular humanist celebrants from the list of people who can solemnize marriages in Indiana was unconstitutional and ordered the State to allow these celebrants to conduct weddings.
"As the Court noted, the First Amendment demands neutrality," said American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk. "This prevents the State of Indiana from doing what it attempted to do in this case—favor religion over a non-religious-based system of belief and morality that is equivalent to religion, except for a belief in God."
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June 30, 2014
Indianapolis — The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit Friday on behalf of a woman who was pulled over and interrogated after her bumper sticker caught the attention of Indianapolis police officers, violating her First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights.
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June 26, 2014
Indianapolis—Last year, in a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on behalf of two Evansville residents, a federal court issued an injunction against the City of Evansville that prohibited it from allowing a display of 31 six-foot-tall plastic Latin crosses on the City's popular Riverfront. The Court held that that the display, if it were erected, would violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. While the City did not appeal that decision, West Side Christian Church, which had proposed the display, filed an appeal.