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March 10, 2014

Same-sex couples sue state over ban

Eight plaintiffs challenge Indiana'sgay marriage ban in lawsuit filed Friday.

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Drury said public opinion has evolved to be more accepting of same-sex couples, and he is ready for Indiana leaders to catch up.

“One of the reasons I am standing here is because someone stood up a long time ago,” he said. “And, I am hoping our kids, nieces and nephews will not have to have this debate about a right that is so fundamental.”

Canon is also representing Jennifer Redmond and Jana Kohorst, Jeffersonville, who have been together for more than 15 years and were married in New York several months ago.

“We want to stay in Indiana with our friends and our family, and to do so, we feel it necessary to be recognized as a married couple just like everyone else,” Redmond said.

All the couples in the lawsuit said their relationships are fully accepted by the communities in which they reside.

“When people know who you are, they get rid of that motion that we are Martians and we are human beings,” Dale said.

KENTUCKY AND INDIANA

The law firm is representing four couples in a similar case in Kentucky. In that case, a federal judge ruled last month that Kentucky must recognize legal marriages from other states. Gov. Steve Beshear says he will appeal the ruling, after Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway declined to do so.

On Friday, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said his office will defend Indiana’s statutory marriage definition challenged in the lawsuit.

“As state government’s lawyer, I must defend the state’s authority to define marriage at the state level within Indiana’s borders,” he said in a release. “People of goodwill have sincere differences of opinion on the marriage definition, but I hope Hoosiers can remain civil to each other as this legal question is litigated in the federal court.”

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