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November 10, 2014
On Nov. 6, 2014, a three-judge panel for U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed the district court rulings of six cases from Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky. In each of these states, a federal judge had ruled in favor of marriage for same-sex couples, and all six rulings were appealed to the 6th Circuit. The Nov. 6 ruling upholds marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky and denies same sex couples the right to marry or have their marriages recognized in these states.
The 6th Circuit ruling does not change the fact that Chief Judge Richard Young's decision striking down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage is final, and Indiana's case is over. Judge Young's June 25, 2014 decision was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Sept. 4, 2014. On Oct. 6, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear same-sex marriage cases from Indiana and four other states, which cleared the way for Indiana's same-sex marriages to become lawful and for Indiana to recognize the out-of-state same-sex marriages of Indiana residents.
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Tues., Dec. 16, 2014
Indianapolis—A lawsuit filed today on behalf of a Wisconsin-based nonprofit group that protects the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state claims that a religious display in Franklin County, Indiana violates the U.S. Constitution.
"Any reasonable person viewing this display would conclude that its principal effect is to advance religion," said ACLU of Indiana Senior Staff Attorney Gavin M. Rose. "The First Amendment protects these kinds of displays by individuals and groups on private property, but also makes clear that displays on public property, which is maintained by taxpayers, cannot demonstrate a preference for religion."
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the case on behalf of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and two Franklin County residents who are also FFRF members. The lawsuit contends that the display on the grounds of the Franklin County Courthouse in Brookville, Indiana—a nativity scene that includes no non-Christian religious or secular holiday symbols—violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
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Thurs., Dec. 4, 2014
Judge says State cannot alter the definition of "abortion clinic" or single out health centers in Lafayette, Bloomington, Merrillville and Indianapolis for stricter standards
Indianapolis —A federal judge yesterday issued a ruling that says the state's attempt to regulate health care centers that provide non-surgical abortions more strictly than physicians' offices that provide the same procedures is unconstitutional because it violates equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment.
"The State presents no rational basis for this unequal treatment."
—Federal Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson
The case, decided by Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, was brought in 2013 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky after the Indiana General Assembly passed laws —Indiana Code §16-18-2-1.5(a)(2) and §16-21-2-2.5(b)—that treated "abortion clinics" differently than physicians' offices that prescribed the same medications.
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Mon., Dec. 1, 2014
Indianapolis—The publishers of an award-winning magazine that reports on the rights of prisoners and criminal justice issues is seeking to restore access to its publication to residents of a privately run prison in New Castle, Indiana.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, along with attorneys from the organization publishing the magazine and attorneys from the Chicago law firm of Loevy and Loevy, brought the case on behalf of Prison Legal News, a project of the Human Rights Defense Center, against The GEO Group, a Florida company that runs the New Castle Correctional Facility, and the facility's superintendent.
"It is alarming that a private, for-profit prison corporation is using Indiana tax dollars to censor publications that critically report on criminal justice news."
—Prison Legal News Editor Paul Wright.
The suit contends that the prison is violating the plaintiff's First and Fourteenth Amendment rights by preventing distribution of the magazine without showing a valid reason to withhold it from prisoners and by failing to afford the project notice and an opportunity to be heard when the publication is denied. Prison Legal News wants distribution of the magazine to resume and seeks an award for damages.