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April 1, 2014

Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler say they and their two children cannot wait any longer for the protections of marriage

An Indiana couple is asking a federal court to order their home state of Indiana to recognize their marriage because one of them is terminally ill.

Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, together 13 years and raising two daughters under the age of 3, are in a race against time with Quasney having been diagnosed with stage IV cancer.

March 14, 2014

111 Cakery responds to backlash on Facebook: 'We are just a small family business trying to bring happiness with cake'

Indiana bakery owners Randy and Trish McGath are facing online backlash for refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple's commitment ceremony.

The couple, owners of 111 Cakery in Indianapolis, posted a lengthy Facebook message on Thursday (13 March) explaining they have 'zero hate' but that their Christian beliefs led them to decline to make a cake for Mike Stephens and Shane Laney.

The reaction on Facebook has been harsh with such messages being posted as 'Hate is hate, even if you cover it with frosting!' and 'Jesus would bake a cake for everyone.'

March 14, 2014

Trio join more than 50 existing lawsuits across the US seeking to overturn same-sex marriage bans

The fight in the courts to win marriage equality across the US ratcheted up Thursday (13 March) with lawsuits filed in Arizona, Florida and Indiana.

The lawsuits, two filed by Lambda Legal and one filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, join the more than 50 currently working their way through the legal system in various states.

In Arizona, a federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of seven couples and the surviving spouses of two additional couples challenging the state's gay marriage ban.

March 9, 2014

'It feels so schizophrenic not to be recognized for who you are'

Four Indiana gay couples are suing to have their out of state marriages recognized.

The suit, filed in federal court on Friday (7 March), seeks to overturn Indiana's Defense of Marriage Act, which views same-sex marriages illegal even if recognized by other states.

March 8, 2014

US tennis star Matt Dooley comes out as gay and reveals he once tried to kill himself because of his sexuality

US student tennis star has come out as gay and spoken about his attempted suicide when he was closeted.

Matt Dooley, senior student and tennis player at Notre Dame University in Indiana who came out as a gay in an article for Outsports on 3 March, has spoken about the ‘overwhelmingly positive’ feedback he has received since.

In the piece, Dooley wrote about how hard it was growing up knowing he was gay.

February 13, 2014

State Senate move results in process having to start all over - supporters were hoping for vote this year

A bill in Indiana that proposes a statewide constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples was sent back to the starting line by the State Senate today.

The bill, known as HJR3, can not be placed on the ballot any earlier than 2016 because the senate did not reinsert a controversial provision struck by the House of Representatives that also banned civil unions.

Although same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana, the bill seeks to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.

February 11, 2014

Bill seeks to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman

A controversial bill that proposes a statewide constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples in Indiana advanced to the full State Senate after a committee vote on Monday (10 February).

Members of the Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee voted along party lines to advance the bill. It was an 8-4 vote by the Republican-controlled committee.

Although same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana, the bill seeks to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.

February 11, 2014

Bill seeks to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman

A controversial bill that proposes a statewide constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples in Indiana advanced to the full State Senate after a committee vote on Monday (10 February).

Members of the Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee voted along party lines to advance the bill. It was an 8-4 vote by the Republican-controlled committee.

Although same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana, the bill seeks to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.

January 31, 2014

Mike Pence: 'Let me say I support traditional marriage'

Indiana's Republican governor made clear on Friday (31 January) that he wants to see the state legislature pass a proposed constitutional marriage ban bill as soon as possible.

'I just think this is an issue that we would all do well to resolve once and for all this year,' Governor Mike Pence said in an interview with WISH-TV.

January 31, 2014

Mike Pence: 'Let me say I support traditional marriage'

Indiana's Republican governor made clear on Friday (31 January) that he wants to see the state legislature pass a proposed constitutional marriage ban bill as soon as possible.

'I just think this is an issue that we would all do well to resolve once and for all this year,' Governor Mike Pence said in an interview with WISH-TV.

January 28, 2014

House of Reps removes most controversial provision which also banned civil unions and domestic partnerships

A proposed constitutional marriage ban bill in Indiana suffered a major setback on Monday (27 January).

The state's House of Representatives voted 52-43 to amend the bill by removing its most controversial provision which also banned civil unions and domestic partnerships.

Representatives from both parties expressed concern about the language that prohibits any legal relationship that is 'identical or substantially similar' to marriage.

January 27, 2014

Chris Smith is ‘terribly disappointed’ in his father who chaired the committee responsible for pushing Indiana’s gay marriage ban proposal even ‘after all these years of knowing I am gay’

Indiana has moved a gay marriage ban to the House of Representatives, with the son of one of the supporting law makers publicly decrying his father's anti-gay position.

Chris Smith, the gay son of Indiana lawmaker Milo Smith, has taken to Facebook and news media to express his disgust and disappointment with his father for chairing the Election Committee that has moved the gay marriage ban forward.

January 23, 2014

Proposed legislation was unexpectedly moved to more GOP-friendly committee this week to improve its chances

In a vote along party lines, an Indiana House committee approved a constitutional marriage ban bill on Wednesday (22 January).

Although same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana, the bill seeks to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.

The 9-3 vote represented a victory for Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, a Republican, who committed what some had described as a political power play.

January 23, 2014

Proposed legislation was unexpectedly moved to more GOP-friendly committee this week to improve its chances

In a vote along party lines, an Indiana House committee approved a constitutional marriage ban bill on Wednesday (22 January).

Although same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana, the bill seeks to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.

The 9-3 vote represented a victory for Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, a Republican, who committed what some had described as a political power play.

January 23, 2014

Andy Markle: 'I am not leaving the Republican Party; the Republican Party has left me'

Until a day ago, Andy Markle was a gay Republican running for a seat in the Indiana House of Representatives.

But after Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma successfully orchestrated a political power play to get a constitutional marriage ban bill passed by a House committee, Markle has quit the party in disgust.

He tells Gay Star News he has been fighting 'an uphill battle' with the state GOP for some time and will now likely be running for the District 99 seat as an Independent. 

January 15, 2014

Adam Fraley: 'I think they got to know me first before they knew I was gay'

A Methodist church in Alexandria, Indiana, has lost about 80% of its congregation who are standing behind their former choral director who was ousted for being gay.

Adam Fraley had worked at First United Church for six years then resigned when an interim minister who was 'uncomfortable' with him took over and gave him an added workload.

Fraley returned to work when a second interim minister came on board. But after three weeks, the new minister changed his mind and wanted the gay man out.

December 30, 2013

DVD rental kiosk company decided to offer film despite policy against carrying documentaries

Redbox began offering the accclaimed gay-themed documentary Bridegroom in its DVD rental kiosks earlier this month.

Now the company is facing backlash from anti-gay forces who are urging people to boycott the popular kiosks.

Shane Bitney Crone, the subject of the movie and one of its producers, says angry consumers have sent numerous emails and letters conveying disappointment in the company for carrying the film.

December 14, 2013

Right wing group Advance America has distributed leaflets to churches warning of 'dire consequences' should marriage equality prevail

A conservative group in the state of Indiana has begun handing out leaflets to churches warning of the dangers of legalising same-sex marriage.

 

The leaflets, distributed by Christian fundamentalist group Advance America, warns churchgoers that if same-sex marriage becomes legal, school would be required to teach that homosexual marriages are normal.

 

December 4, 2013

13 mayors, both Republicans and Democrats, from cities across Indiana have gone public with their opposition to the HJR-6 effort to ban same-sex marriage in the state’s constitution

13 mayors, including a large group of Republicans, have gone public with their opposition to efforts to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana.

The mayors include 6 Republicans and 7 Democrats and represent the cities of Lafayette, Evansville, Angola, Kokomo, West Lafayette, Anderson, Bloomington, Hammond, Valparaiso, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Carmel and Indianapolis.

11 of the mayors have joined forces with Freedom Indiana to form a group called Mayors for Freedom, while another two made their support known to the media on Tuesday.

December 4, 2013

13 mayors, both Republicans and Democrats, from cities across Indiana have gone public with their opposition to the HJR-6 effort to ban same-sex marriage in the state’s constitution

13 mayors, including a large group of Republicans, have gone public with their opposition to efforts to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana.

The mayors include 6 Republicans and 7 Democrats and represent the cities of Lafayette, Evansville, Angola, Kokomo, West Lafayette, Anderson, Bloomington, Hammond, Valparaiso, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Carmel and Indianapolis.

11 of the mayors have joined forces with Freedom Indiana to form a group called Mayors for Freedom, while another two made their support known to the media on Tuesday.

November 27, 2013

Next month Mary Cheney will host a reception to support efforts to fight an anti-gay marriage amendment in Indiana

Mary Cheney is battling the anti-gay marriage amendment proposal the US state Indiana.

The daughter, and out lesbian, of former Vice President Dick Cheney is sponsoring a Freedom Indiana reception on 11 December.

'Freedom means freedom for everyone,' Cheney wrote in an email to the group's supporters. 'For me, that’s not just another saying. It’s who I am — the core of what I believe. No one should be denied the fundamental liberties we all deserve.'

November 19, 2013

A coalition of over 300 ministers of religion have signed a group letter calling on Indiana state lawmakers to oppose efforts to pass a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage – saying it is an attack on religious freedom

A coalition of over 300 clergy have called on Indiana lawmakers to cease their efforts to pass a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in the state, signing an open letter which was delivered to the State House on Monday.

The clergy, from Indiana’s Interfaith Coalition on Non-Discrimination, say the clergy oppose formally banning same-sex marriage for a range of reasons but are united in their opposition.

‘We are Indiana clergy, leaders of faith communities, and other religious professionals,’ their open letter reads.

October 10, 2013

‘It's well known Orson Scott Card and I have different views on the issue of gay marriage and gay rights'

US actor Harrison Ford has revealed he ‘wrestled’ with starring in the film version of anti-gay author Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game.

The ‘Indiana Jones’ actor was responding to the controversy surrounding the release of his latest film.

Campaign ‘Skip Ender’s Game’ was launched by US activist group Geeks Out, urging movie-goers to boycott the film and avoid giving money to its author.

Card is a board member of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage and has called for gay sex to be criminalized.

September 30, 2013

A gay former Catholic has written a powerfully personal letter to thousands of leaders around the world in an attempt to help save lives

A gay woman and former Catholic has written thousands of letters to the Pope and his priests to stop LGBT teen suicides.

Kellie King, 40, from Fort Wayne, Indiana, is sick of the discrimination lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people receive from the Catholic Church.

Over a five day span, she sent letters to religious leaders over the world in an effort to show them the effect they are having on LGBT people.

When King was 18, she tried to kill herself.