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Indiana's same-sex marriage ban has fourth lawsuit filed

Civil rights for same-sex couples in Indiana courts
Civil rights for same-sex couples in Indiana courts
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The state of Indiana has now received a fourth lawsuit filed today in the United States District Court challenging their same-sex marriage ban.

The fourth couple who filed this lawsuit appears to have been married in Iowa but live in Indiana, and are looking for their marriage to be recognized and given equal rights. However, the state's attorney general said, he will take on the challenges.

Attorney General, Greg Zoeller said, this isn't the first time he has had to defend Indiana's marriage laws, and isn't backing down from a few more. How about four?

Zoeller said, he is going to defend the state law, which its law states that marriage is between a man and a women.

The third lawsuit which was filed yesterday by the American Civil Liberties Union, "on behalf of 15 individuals, including a widow and two children, who have experienced harm and discrimination," according an ACLU March 14 press release.

Midori Fujii, unfortunately lost her wife, Kris Brittian, who passed away within two years with ovarian cancer. "Under Indiana Law, Fujii had no legal rights to make funeral arrangements," said in the ACLU press release. But the legal discrimination doesn't stop there, "because her California marriage is not recognized in Indiana, Fujii was also required to pay more than $300,000 in state inheritance tax on all of the property that her wife left to her, including their shared home. If Fujii had been in an opposite-sex marriage she would have paid no inheritance tax on the property."

The second lawsuit against Indiana's same-sex marriage ban was filed by a gay-rights legal advocate group.

The first lawsuit also challenges the state's same-sex marriage ban, which was filed by four same-sex couples.

Before these lawsuits had been filed, the General Assembly had argued for a new bill, HJR3, to place Indiana's same-sex marriage ban on its constitution. Wonder if this bill spurred on the en masse lawsuit filings?

There seems to be many reasons why more than 20 plaintiffs are seeking to challenge Indiana's same-sex marriage ban.

"We are in the midst of an astounding point in history when Americans from coast to coast are realizing that all loving and committed couples deserve the freedom to marry," said Chase Strangio, staff attorney with the ACLU LGBT Project

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