Earlier this week, Trump received the endorsement of former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight -- one of the state’s most famous Hoosiers. But, Trump lost out on another prominent endorsement Friday when Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced he’s throwing his support behind Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has named former Indiana GOP chairman Eric Holcomb to be the state's new lieutenant governor, replacing Sue Ellspermann, who's stepping down to pursue the presidency of Ivy Tech Community College.
Glenda Ritz formally announced her campaign Thursday at an event in Indianapolis. The state schools superintendent has clashed repeatedly with Republican Governor Mike Pence and his appointed State Board of Education over education policy.
The changes to the religious objections law were announced Thursday morning, and approved by both chambers that afternoon. Republican Gov. Mike Pence later signed the altered measure, which takes effect in July.
The Indiana Attorney General's office says same-sex couples who married in the two days after the state's gay marriage ban was first struck down should confirm their marriages were properly recorded.
The Attorney General's office sent a memo to county clerks saying those couples faced unusual circumstances because same-sex marriages were allowed for a short time before a ruling against the ban was put on hold by a federal appeals court.
The Times of Munster reports those marriages might not be legally valid if couples didn't solemnize their marriage within 60 days of receiving a marriage license or the county clerks didn't record them within 3 days.
The office says those couples could obtain a new license and complete the necessary steps to avoid any uncertainty.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is reaffirming his commitment to traditional marriage but says he will follow the law regarding unions of same-sex couples.
Pence said in a statement Monday that people are free to disagree over the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to reject an appeal of a ruling striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban, along with similar appeals in four other states. But he says people are not free to disobey the decision.
County clerks in Indiana are beginning to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the Supreme Court's order.
Pence urges Indiana residents to continue to demonstrate civility and ``respect the beliefs of all people in our state.''
Meanwhile, supporters of same-sex marriage in Indiana say they are ``ecstatic'' about the ruling.
He says same-sex marriages can now legally resume in the state, but he expects it to take several days for many county clerks to begin issuing licenses.
Falk spoke at a news conference Monday at ACLU-Indiana's office in Indianapolis. He was joined by same-sex couples who took part in the original lawsuit challenging Indiana's ban of their marriages.
Among them were Melody Betterman-Layne and her wife Tara, who were out shopping when they got a message from their attorneys, telling them their marriage was once again legal in their home state. Tara says at first she was disappointed the Supreme Court didn’t issue a broader ruling for the whole country. Melody says she was flabbergasted…but excited:
Organizations who have treated us unfairly because they could, because the state of Indiana said that was okay, will not be able to do that anymore – that’s what I’m crowing a little bit about inside today”, said Melody.
Hundreds of same-sex couples were married across the state after a federal judge struck down Indiana's s ban in June.
Those on the other side of the same-sex marriage debate were disappointed by the Supreme Court's announcement.
American Family Association of Indiana executive director Micah Clark says it’s a bad day for Hoosier children:
“This is a strike at the truth that children need a mom and a dad, that marriage is a union of not just any two people but a union of the two sexes", said Clark.
But the Supreme Court did not issue a broad ruling for the country; it simply chose not to hear the cases before it, leaving other cases still in the federal court system in limbo. Indiana Family Institute public policy director Ryan McCann says the issue is still an open question:
“I think you could still see the U-S Supreme Court act on this in the future", said McCann. "I just think it’s unworkable, the situation that we have now, where states are kind of left to not know exactly what the guidance is.”
Two other same-sex marriage cases are pending in Missouri. One is a federal challenge in Kansas City, and the other is a St. Louis case that focuses on city officials who issued marriage licenses to four same-sex couples to trigger a legal test of the ban.