Tom Barnes once served as the mayor of Gary, Indiana. He says Gary did more for Donald Trump than his casino did for the city.
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April 30, 2016

Former Gary Mayor Remembers When Trump Came To Town

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. 

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Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announces in Indianapolis Thursday that she will run in the Democratic primary for Indiana Governor.
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
June 04, 2015

Indiana Schools Chief Announces Run For Governor

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.

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December 29, 2014

Three Counts Against Ex-Indiana Elections Chief Upheld

The defense attorney for former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White says he will keep fighting the voter fraud convictions that forced him from office.

A state appeals court issued a ruling Monday that upholds three felony convictions against White, while dismissing three other counts.
White's defense attorney says in a statement that White intends to exhaust all of his appeal options.
The court upheld White's convictions on perjury, voting in an incorrect precinct and theft.
Special prosecutor John Dowd tells The Associated Press that those charges were the most significant regarding White's conduct.
Those charges stemmed from White using his ex-wife's home in Fishers as his voting address in 2010 while serving on the Indianapolis suburb's town council and running for secretary of state.  

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller
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October 15, 2014

Some Indiana Gay Marriages Could Be Invalid

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.

October 07, 2014

Indiana Clerks Must Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

The Indiana attorney general's office is telling all county clerks in the state that they must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The attorney general's office sent out the message Tuesday soon after the federal appeals court in Chicago formally lifted Indiana's gay marriage ban.
The appeals court action comes a day after the U.S. Supreme Court said it wouldn't hear appeals from Indiana and four other states seeking to keep gay marriage bans in place.
Chief Deputy Attorney General Matt Light tells county clerks they can't deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples so long as they meet all other license requirements.

Same-sex couples involved in the lawsuit in Indiana appear at a news conference.
(Photo Courtesy: Indiana Public Broadcasting)
October 06, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal In Indiana

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.

American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk said Monday that the high court's decision not to hear the appeals means same-sex marriage ``is now a reality'' in Indiana.  

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.  

The Indiana attorney general's office says it will communicate with county clerks to minimize chaos and confusion at local courthouses.  

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.”

Meanwhile, Missouri attorney general Chris Koster, announced Monday that he wouldn't appeal a Friday circuit court order that Missouri recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.

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.  


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