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Vernita Gray, Illinois gay rights advocate, dies

CHICAGO | Vernita Gray, a gay rights activist who wed her partner in Illinois' first same-sex marriage, has died at age 65.

March 19, 2014 12:10 pm

Zoeller ready to defend Indiana marriage laws

INDIANAPOLIS | Attorney General Greg Zoeller is confident he can defend Indiana's laws limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples and denying recognition to gay marriages performed elsewhere against five federal lawsuits filed this month seeking to have the statutes declared unconstitutional.

March 18, 2014 1:20 pm
nwi.com Political Roundtable

nwi.com Political Roundtable

In the March 14 edition, The Times' Doug Ross and Robert Blaszkiewicz provide analysis of 2014 Indiana General Assembly, including the passage of a bill for South Shore extension funding and a deal to lower business taxes. Lastly, they discuss the gay marriage issue and a series of lawsuits …

March 14, 2014 5:37 pm
GOP, Democrats view results of legislative session differently

GOP, Democrats view results of legislative session differently

INDIANAPOLIS | Republican House and Senate leaders, along with Gov. Mike Pence, claimed victory for their legislative agendas Friday, while Democrats despaired that the 2014 Indiana General Assembly didn't do more to improve the lives of everyday Hoosiers.

March 14, 2014 3:30 pm Related

Clerks not ready to issue licenses to gay couples

CHICAGO | County clerks around Illinois say they won't start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples immediately as Attorney General Lisa Madigan said this week they have the right to do.

March 05, 2014 10:00 pm

Senate limits rental inspections, Lake tourism oversight

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana Senate acted on 70 legislative proposals Tuesday, the final day for senators to approve or reject plans that previously were passed by the Republican-controlled House.

March 04, 2014 2:28 pm

Cook Co. issues 258 marriage licenses to gay couples in 1st week

CHICAGO | Same-gender couples from the Southeast Side, surrounding suburbs and Northwest Indiana were among the 258 couples who were issued marriage licenses during the first week the Cook County clerk’s office could issue them.

March 04, 2014 11:55 am

Indiana dips toe in national debate over religious liberty, discrimination

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana lawmakers last week nearly jumped on a bandwagon of states seeking to add measures that some contend legitimize discrimination under the guise of religious liberty.

March 03, 2014 12:00 am
Dozens of same-sex couples get marriage licenses in Illinois

Dozens of same-sex couples get marriage licenses in Illinois

CHICAGO | More than 80 same-sex couples  — including couples from Gary and DeMotte — have gotten marriage licenses in Cook County, including some from other Illinois counties who apparently didn't want to wait until gay marriage becomes legal statewide on June 1.

February 25, 2014 1:00 pm
Dozens of same-sex couples get marriage licenses in Illinois

Dozens of same-sex couples get marriage licenses in Illinois

Reina Razo, left, and Vanessa Owens, both from DeMotte, obtained a marriage license in Chicago and plan to marry in April.

February 25, 2014 12:57 pm
Second round in marriage fight likely coming next year

Second round in marriage fight likely coming next year

INDIANAPOLIS | Senate President David Long, R-Fort Wayne, intends to hold a second Senate vote on the marriage amendment next year to ensure it gets on the ballot in 2016.

February 23, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Zoeller vows to defend Indiana marriage laws

INDIANAPOLIS | Don't look for Indiana Republican Greg Zoeller to join the growing number of attorneys general refusing to defend their states' laws prohibiting same-sex marriage and denying recognition of valid gay marriages performed elsewhere.

February 22, 2014 7:00 pm
nwi.com Political Roundtable

nwi.com Political Roundtable

The Feb. 20 edition of the Roundtable looks at Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's plan for a business tax cut; Common Core and gay marriage in Indiana; and Gary school finances.

February 20, 2014 9:05 pm
Senate sends revised marriage amendment to next General Assembly

Senate sends revised marriage amendment to next General Assembly

INDIANAPOLIS | The marriage debate at the Statehouse is over — for 10 months at least.

February 17, 2014 6:15 pm Photos

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Indiana senator takes on foes in bizarre Twitter rant

Indiana senator takes on foes in bizarre Twitter rant

INDIANAPOLIS | State Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, has promised "an announcement Monday morning you won't want to miss," following an epic, two-day Twitter rant where he condemned weak Republican leadership, gay-marriage supporters, liberal Christian ministers and activist judges.

February 14, 2014 11:15 am Related
Marriage amendment will not be on ballot in '14

Marriage amendment will not be on ballot in '14

INDIANAPOLIS | Eight seconds of near silence, followed by the sharp bang of a wooden gavel and the roar of cheers and applause ended Indiana's marriage debate — for now.

February 13, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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Marriage amendment set for Senate showdown

Marriage amendment set for Senate showdown

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Senate is expected to decide Thursday whether to reinsert a prohibition on civil unions into House Joint Resolution 3, a proposed amendment to Indiana's Constitution that would ban gay marriage. State law already prohibits gay marriage.

February 12, 2014 6:30 pm Related

Marriage amendment set for Senate showdown

INDIANAPOLIS | The marriage amendment debate could effectively be concluded as soon as Thursday after Senate President David Long, R-Fort Wayne, kept his word and advanced House Joint Resolution 3 out of the Senate Rules Committee on Monday with no changes.

February 10, 2014 6:45 pm
Pelath rips Republicans for ignoring state's 'real issues'

Pelath rips Republicans for ignoring state's 'real issues'

INDIANAPOLIS | House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, is not impressed with the proposals approved so far by the Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly, which reached the midpoint of its 2014 legislative session Tuesday.

February 04, 2014 7:30 pm
Senate leader keeping tight rein on marriage amendment

Senate leader keeping tight rein on marriage amendment

INDIANAPOLIS | Senate President David Long, R-Fort Wayne, revealed Thursday he will assign the marriage amendment to the Senate Rules Committee, which he chairs, instead of the Judiciary Committee, as he had previously announced.

January 30, 2014 6:25 pm Related
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