The IU Maurer School of Law’s LGBT Project and Indiana Equality Action are proud to present a project 9 months in the making. The report, “More Than Just a Couple: 614 Reasons Why Marriage Equality Matters in Indiana (A Compendium of the Rights and Responsibilities of Civil Marriage in the Indiana Code)”.
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Comment from The LGBT Project
The LGBT Project at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law is proud to present this compendium of provisions detailing the rights and responsibilities of marriage in the Indiana Code. It is the product of nine months of research by over twenty-five law students in the LGBT Project to concisely catalogue those statutes related to married and family life in Indiana.
This research helps illuminate the extent to which many provisions of the Indiana Code are legally and linguistically tied to civil marriage, family, and spousal relationships. Civil marriage in Indiana confers upon Hoosier families a range of rights, as well as a host of responsibilities owed to others. As future lawyers, we recognize that any discussion of marriage equality for same- sex couples, or over legislation that affects marriage equality, must include what marriage is in the eyes of the law.
What is clear from this compendium is the extent to which Indiana law uses civil marriage as a way to classify, grant rights to, and impose responsibilities upon couples and families in 614 ways. We hope that it serves as a resource for examining how legislative action around marriage can affect all Hoosier couples and families.
Comment from Indiana Equality Action
Indiana Equality Action is pleased to acknowledge and endorse this well-researched and documented compendium of Indiana statutes by students in the LGBT Project at the Mauer School of Law at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Hoosiers and their lawmakers continue to participate in the debate over what has come to be known as “The Marriage Equality Issue”. This compilation amply illustrates the significant number of diverse sections of the Indiana Code where the rights and benefits, as well as the obligations and responsibilities associated with civil marriage are addressed.
Awareness of how pervasive these rights and obligations are within Indiana’s statutes is important to meaningful dialogue concerning a proposed amendment to Indiana’s Constitution that would invalidate and prohibit recognition of any “legal status” identical or “substantially similar” to marriage for unmarried couples.
Whether one supports or opposes such a proposal, knowing what is involved in something as enduring as an amendment to the Bill of Rights in Indiana’s highest legal document is critical to enlightened public discourse and decision.
This document helps do just that, and we heartily add our deep appreciation for the efforts involved.
“More Than Just a Couple” in the News
- 614 Indiana laws could be affected by gay marriage amendment, report says | Louisville Courier-Journal
- Advocates Prep for Gay Marriage Battle | Indiana Business Journal, Indianapolis Star
- Advocates Prep for Indiana Gay Marriage Battle (includes video) (pdf) | WISHTV8.com
- “Ban on same-sex marriage in Indiana could open up Pandora’s box of legal challenges” (pdf) | Mary Beth Schneider, Indianapolis Star
- “Be Careful What You Vote For” (pdf) | Dan Carpenter, Indianapolis Star
- Gay marriage ban may alter 614 laws: Study (pdf) | Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
- Gay Marriage Battle Starting to Heat Up | Wane.com (Fort Wayne)
- Law students’ research at center of support for fighting gay marriage ban | TheIndianaLawyer.com
- Law Students Tally 614 Indiana Statutes Linked to Definition of Marriage | WIBC.com
- Opponents of Indiana ban on gay marriage cite concerns about impact on 614 laws (pdf) | Bloomington Herald Times
- Report: Marriage Amendment Impacts 600 Legal Provisions | Indiana Public Media
- Report analyzes marriage rights as amendment vote looms (pdf) | Nuvo
- “Sanctioned Discrimination” (pdf) | Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (ETA on 12/5)
- Study: Same-sex marriage amendment would impact 600 Indiana laws | Evansville Courier & Press