gradient
goingon
TODAY IS Saturday September 20th


Future of Marriage Equality in Indiana to Be Considered in Chicago
Monday Aug 25, 2014 5:19am
CHICAGO

By: Mary Kuhlman

INDIANAPOLIS - Supporters and opponents of marriage equality in Indiana are headed to Chicago to plead their cases.

The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on Indiana's appeal of a June ruling that struck down Indiana's same-sex marriage ban.

Kyle Megrath, marriage coordinator with Hoosiers Unite for Marriage, says momentum is building with over three dozen court cases nationwide ruling in favor of marriage equality.

"Calling these bans unconstitutional, saying that they don't respect the dignity of gay and lesbian people who are in loving and committed relationships, who want to wake up every day knowing their families are protected through marriage," he stresses.

The lawsuits to be heard Tuesday include three from Indiana and a similar lawsuit from Wisconsin.

An Indiana state statute forbids the government from recognizing or performing marriages or other forms of union between same-sex couples, and the state attorney general has said he must enforce state law.

Send-off events for the plaintiffs will be held in Indianapolis and Lafayette today, and a large rally will be held tonight in Chicago.

This year in Indiana, an effort to put a constitutional amendment excluding same-sex couples from marriage in the ballot in November failed.

Megrath says same-sex couples deserve the same rights and protections offered to other legally married couples, and public opinion is shifting as more Hoosiers realize the impact the ban has on families.

"People are changing their minds every day as they hear some of the stories that these plaintiffs have about they're married out of state but their spouse can't collect the pension if something were to happen to them or having difficulty adopting children, things like that," he says.

Same-sex couples can legally wed in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

(09-19-2014) • Council spares pay raises for LaGrange County employees
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: LaGrange, IN
(09-19-2014) • Police Looking For Man Who Missed Court Hearings
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: LaGrange, IN
(09-19-2014) • PBnJ free concert is Saturday at Prairie Heights
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Prairie Heights High School Auditorium • LaGrange, IN
(09-19-2014) • Hughes Interviews For Portage City Manager Job
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Portage, Kalamazoo Co. - MI
(09-19-2014) • Two Women Injured In Head On Crash
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Mendon Township, St. Joseph County, MI
(09-19-2014) • Veterans Day At The Fair
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Centreville, MI
(09-19-2014) • Three Arrested On Drug Charges
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: White Pigeon, MI
(09-19-2014) • Organizers Get Ready For Autumn In Angola
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Downtown Angola • Angola, IN
(09-19-2014) • Branch County Sheriffs Department Issues Scam Warnings
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Coldwater, MI
(09-18-2014) • Indiana Firearm Application Process Changes
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Indianapolis
(09-18-2014) • Seaplane Splash-In This Sunday At Pokagon
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Pokagon State Park
(09-18-2014) • Hughes Interviewing For Portage City Manager Job Today
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Portage, Kalamazoo Co. - MI
(09-18-2014) • Co. Commission Approves Tax Rate Amendment
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Centreville, MI
(09-18-2014) • Sturgis Man Sentenced For Weapons In Jail
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Coldwater, MI
(09-18-2014) • Portage Man Injured In Rollover Accident
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Park Township, St. Joseph Co. - MI
(09-18-2014) • Child Care Focus Of Lori's Bill
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Lansing, MI.
(09-18-2014) • Ladies Day At The Fair
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Centreville, MI
(09-18-2014) • Glen Oaks Offering Late Start Classes
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Centreville, MI
(09-18-2014) • Shaw To Stand Trial In Coldwater Infants Death
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Branch County Courthouse • Coldwater, MI
(09-17-2014) • County Commission Approves Trail Grant Funds
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Centreville, MI
(09-17-2014) • CHC Oriole Connect Now Open
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Quincy, MI
(09-17-2014) • Two Glen Oaks Faculty Now Tenured Instructors
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Centreville, MI
(09-17-2014) • Pick Up Truck Fire Being Investigated By LCSD
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Beaver creek
(09-17-2014) • Senior Day At The Fair
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Centreville, MI
(09-17-2014) • YMCA Of Steuben County Gets $250K Endowment Gift
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Angola, IN
(09-17-2014) • Rockin' For Rett Set For September 27th
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Angola, IN
(09-16-2014) • Youth concert, scholarships receive Operation Roundup grants
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: LaGrange, IN
(09-16-2014) • Meeting next week seeks to align Noble Co. manufacturers, educators
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Albion, IN
(09-16-2014) • LaGrange police arrest two on drug charges
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: 0330 W. CR 150 N • LaGrange, IN
(09-16-2014) • Contractor cuts gas line in LaGrange
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: 512 N. Detroit Street • LaGrange, IN
(09-16-2014) • Portion Of West Congress St. Staying Brick For Now
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Sturgis, MI
(09-16-2014) • Cassopolis Woman Facing Arson Charge
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Centreville, MI
(09-16-2014) • City Commission Honors Retiring Doctor
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Sturgis, MI
(09-16-2014) • Education Day At The Fair
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Centreville, MI





Contact WBET
STURGIS269/651-WBET
COLDWATER517/278-WBET
wbet@wbetfm.com

pfc

businesses