Gregory Hasty and Christopher Vallero live in Hamilton County, Ind. Hasty is a surgical technologist who is working on a nursing degree, and Vallero is employed by a medical research company in Indianapolis. They have lived with each other in a committed and loving relationship for eight years.
The State's refusal to allow Hasty and Vallero to marry has stigmatized the couple and alienates them from other married couples.
Hasty and Vallero have not married, but desire to do so. They lead shared lives comparable to that of a married couple, yet they are denied the many benefits of marriage, such as home ownership, decision-making rights during a medical emergency, and adoption.
In addition to the many tangible benefits that are denied to them because they cannot marry in Indiana, they are denied the many intangible benefits that arise from being able to show the world that they are married.
In March 2014, the ACLU of Indiana, along with attorney Sean Lemieux of the Lemieux Law Office in Indianapolis and the national ACLU, filed a lawsuit in federal court to challenge Indiana state law banning same-sex marriage, Indiana Code § 31-11-1-1, saying the law violates the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit, Midori Fujii, et al. v. Indiana Governor, et al., was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on behalf of 13 plaintiffs, and is currently pending. The suit seeks to stop the state from enforcing this discriminatory law, to require the state to recognize marriages that have taken place outside of Indiana and to allow same-sex couples to wed in Indiana.
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.
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