The American Civil Liberties Union
has been a leader in defending the rights of lesbians and gays since the 1930s.
In Indiana, the ACLU of Indiana, as part of the
Freedom Indiana coalition, helped lead the fight against
amending our state’s constitution to ban gay marriage.
When the Indiana General Assembly adjourned on
March 13, 2014, we and our coalition partners celebrated success in assuring
liberty for all Hoosiers by keeping the amendment, known as HJR-3, off the
ballot in 2014.
The following day, on March 14, we filed a
lawsuit on behalf of 13 plaintiffs challenging the state's marriage law, thus
continuing our long record of fighting for fairness and equality for all in
Read the story of Midori Fujii at the ACLU's Blog of
ACLU of Indiana Challenges State’s Marriage Law
On Friday, March 14, 2014, the American Civil
Liberties Union 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 Code § 31-11-1-1, the state
statute limiting marriage to between one man and one woman, saying the
law violates the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the
Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Midori Fujii and 12 other
plaintiffs, including two children, who have suffered similar indignities and
discrimination because Indiana does not permit marriage for same-sex couples or
recognize marriages conducted outside of the state. The suit seeks to stop the
state from enforcing this law, to require the state to recognize marriages that
have taken place outside of Indiana and to allow same-sex couples to wed in
Click here to read
more about the lawsuit and learn about the families who are challenging
Attorneys and plaintiffs at the ACLU of Indiana discuss the
lawsuit on March 14: L-R (back): Plaintiffs Scott Moubray-Carrico; Rob
MacPherson and Steven Stolen; Greg Hasty; Melody Layne and Tara Betterman. L-R
(front); ACLU of Indiana Staff Attorney Gavin M. Rose; ACLU of Indiana Legal
Director Kenneth J. Falk; and Sean Lemieux of Lemieux Law Office in
Indiana Youth Group Specialty License Plate
On June 28, 2013, the ACLU of Indiana received
word of a victory in our case for the Indiana Youth Group’s specialty license
here to read the news release.
U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA
On June 26, 2013, in an ACLU case, Windsor v. United States,
the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal “Defense of Marriage Act,” or
The Court ruled on equal protection grounds under the Fourteenth Amendment.
Sweeping language in the 5-4 opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy
recognized the dignity and rights of same-sex couples. Chief Justice John
Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito dissented.
DOMA had said that even when a lesbian or gay couple is legally married under
state law, the federal government has to treat them as unmarried and cannot
grant them benefits given to married individuals. The ruling will have an
immediate impact on immigrants awaiting green-card status, military veterans and
many others. The Court also struck down California’s ban on gay marriage, known
as Proposition 8, which will clear the way for same-sex marriage to resume in
that state. How will DOMA affect YOU?
here for more info.