Two days after federal Judge Richard Young overturned the state's ban on same sex marriage, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Friday, June 27, 2014 granted the State of Indiana's...
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July 11, 2014
Indiana law allows people to wed as soon as a marriage license is obtained. Therefore, after Judge Richard Young struck down Indiana's prohibition on same-sex marriages on June 25, hundreds of same-sex couples around the state married. However, on June 27, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay, stopping all further marriages. Recently, counsel for the Governor of the State of Indiana issued a memorandum to state agencies that these marriages are not to be recognized.
We are still unsure if we can do anything to change the State's position as expressed in the memorandum issued by the Governor's counsel. However, after courts in Michigan and Utah struck down similar prohibitions, and the decisions were stayed after a number of persons were married, United States Attorney General Eric Holder specified that the federal government will recognize the marriages. We therefore have sent the attached letter to Attorney General Holder asking that Indiana's marriages between same-sex couples also be recognized. We will post any response we receive.
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.
ACLU of Indiana Director of Philanthropy
June 30, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana invites applications for director of philanthropy to work at the ACLU of Indiana's Indianapolis headquarters.
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Join the ACLU of Indiana for First Wednesdays in South Bend, where we'll explore the free speech issues that have divided the community in a smart and civil lunchtime program. Jack Colwell, political columnist for The South Bend Tribune, and adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame, will moderate the 50-minute discussion. Bring your lunch, and we'll bring the conversation!
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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.