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June 26, 2015
"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were....It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves....They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. It is so ordered.
--Supreme Court of the United States, Obergefell v. Hodges, June 26, 2015
Friday's historic decision is a joyous one for same-sex couples across the nation and for everyone who wants to participate fully in our society and enter, in front of friends and family, into the lifelong commitment of marriage with the person they love.
April 9, 2015
What a difference a week makes. Last week, we and others were engaged in negotiations to "fix" Indiana's just-passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA. Today, we can say that while the situation in our state is far from perfect, we ended up in a place that is both historic and significant.
For the first time in our history, Indiana now recognizes protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity — even if they currently exist in only a few local human rights ordinances.
We are grateful to the corporate community, which was instrumental in rolling back some damaging components of RFRA, and which has stated its commitment to statewide protections for gay and transgender people.
April 2, 2015
State lawmakers today announced an update to the Indiana RFRA to ensure that it cannot be used to discriminate against LGBT Hoosiers in communities with local human rights ordinances in public accommodation, housing or employment. This measure is the first time that Indiana state law has included positive references to sexual orientation and gender identity, and it represents a step in the right direction.
However, to ensure that Indiana state law provides statewide civil rights protections that include sexual orientation or gender identity, we have more work to do. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana will continue to work diligently on achieving our goal of passing the Fairness for All Hoosiers Act to ensure these protections are achieved.
From First Amendment topics of free speech and religious liberty, to the privacy issues posed by emerging technologies, to marriage equality and community policing — at your request over the past year we've taken our popular First Wednesdays lunchtime discussions to communities in Evansville, South Bend, Muncie, Fort Wayne and Gary.
In 2015, we'll be taking these conversations once again to six more communities statewide! Sign up for ACLU email alerts to stay informed about events near you and ways you can take action on issues.
Did you have fun at Spencer Pride, South Bend Pride and Indy Pride? Join the ACLU of Indiana at Pride Festivals later this summer, and be sure to pick up an ACLU heart sticker at our booth.
July 25: Fort Wayne Pride
August 1: Lafayette Pride
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July 2, 2015
"The law, which is broadly drawn, is not the least restrictive means of furthering the government's interest here,"said Ken Falk, ACLU of Indiana legal director.
Indianapolis – A state law that went into effect on July 1 that results in banning some sex offenders from attending religious worship violates both the state's newly enacted Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, claim two men who filed suit against county officials yesterday.
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Friday, June 26, 2015
Indianapolis – Today in a landmark ruling the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex couples' freedom to marry in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. The 5-4 majority, hailed an historic win by the American Civil Liberties Union, was written by Justice Kennedy and reversed a decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and held that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right that must be allowed and recognized nationwide.
"This is a marvelous day for the Constitution, for Indiana, and for marriage," said ACLU of Indiana legal director Ken Falk. "The Supreme Court has recognized what we have experienced in Indiana for a year – the fundamental right of marriage includes all loving couples, whether opposite-sex or same-sex. The institution of marriage is of supreme importance in our society, and allowing same-sex couples to enter into it will do nothing but strengthen the institution and society itself."
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Friday, June 12, 2015
"The Constitution prohibits this type of suspicionless search and seizure," said Ken Falk, ACLU of Indiana legal director.
Indianapolis – A disabled, indigent Posey County woman has sued a local official who denied her access to necessary financial assistance because she could not take a drug test required by the official to submit an application for assistance, claiming the drug testing requirement violates the United States Constitution.