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Indiana's Marriage Ban Struck Down!

0320 same sexToday Just hours ago, a federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on marriage for same-sex couples on the grounds that it violated due process and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled in three lawsuits, including a case on
behalf of 13 same-sex couples brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of
Indiana, private attorney Sean Lemieux of Lemieux Law Office in Indianapolis and the National ACLU.

From the ruling: "The court has never witnessed a phenomenon throughout the federal court system as is presented with this issue. In less than a year, every federal district court to consider the issue has reached the same conclusion in thoughtful and thorough opinions – laws prohibiting the celebration and recognition of same-sex marriages are unconstitutional. It is clear that the fundamental right to marry shall not be deprived to some individuals based solely on the person they choose to love. In time, Americans will look at the marriage of couples such as Plaintiffs, and refer to it simply as a marriage – not a same-sex marriage. These couples, when gender and sexual orientation are taken away, are in all respects like the family down the street. The Constitution demands that we treat them as such."

From our Director, Scott Mertz, on behalf of the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library: "The NIDL congratulates the many same-sex couples who have been waiting for this day for many years as well as all those who married elsewhere and found their marriages suddenly not legal by moving to Indiana.  NIDL has documented Indiana's gay community in Northern Indiana and hopes to continue to see the State grow in acceptance and understanding in reguards to this civil rights issue."

 

 

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NEI LGBTQ Coalition

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The Northeast Indiana LGBTQ Coalition is a group of non-profit orgaqnizations working together and standing up for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or questioning persons in the Fort Wayne and surrounding region.

 

Mission

The Northeast Indiana LGBTQ Coalition seeks to enhance and support LGBTQ services in Allen County and surrounding areas by raising awareness of LGBTQ issues and engaging in education and advocacy for LGBTQ-affirming non-profit organizations.

 

Some current member organizations include:

  • YWCA of Northeast Indiana;
  • Safe Zone at IPFW;
  • Fort Wayne Pride; 
  • The Center for Nonviolence; 
  • Northeast Indiana Diversity Library; 
  • Fort Wayne Sexual Assault;  
  • Resource Center at IPFW;  
  • Sarah & Albert Reuben Partners in Health; 
  • Planned Parenthood of Indiana; 
  • PFLAG Fort Wayne Chapter;  
  • Congregation Achduth Vesholom;  
  • Northeast Indiana AIDS Task Force;
  • Women’s Bureau, Inc.;

 

 More info on this coalition will be forthcoming!

 

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