7th Circuit Court of Appeals

A primary provision of Indiana’s 2017 anti-abortion law will remain blocked from taking effect after a federal appeals court’s decision Tuesday.

One of Indiana’s methods to purge voter rolls will remain shut down after a federal appeals court decision Tuesday.

Hoosiers protest the 2016 anti-abortion law at the Statehouse shortly after it took effect. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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A federal appeals court says an Indiana law that requires women to have an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion is unconstitutional.

Courtesy Governor Mike Pence

A panel of federal judges heard arguments Wednesday on a case challenging Governor Mike Pence’s attempt to withhold funds from programs helping Syrian refugees relocate to Indiana.

American Civil Liberties Union lawyers say they’re confident the law won’t stand up to scrutiny.

Last November Governor Pence suspended state funding to organizations such as Exodus Refugee Immigration, in a move he said was to protect Hoosiers from foreign-born terrorists.

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The U.S. Supreme Court threw out an appeals court decision on Monday that denied the University of Notre Dame’s religious objections to the contraception requirement of the Affordable Care Act.

Part Of One Gay Marriage Suit Against Indiana Reinstated

Sep 17, 2014
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The federal judge who declared Indiana‘s gay marriage ban unconstitutional has reinstated part of a separate marriage lawsuit against the state.

In an order filed on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Richard Young restored a suit from four same-sex couples who were married outside Indiana.

The couples sued Governor Pence in an effort to get the state to recognize their marriages as legal. Attorney General Greg Zoeller‘s office asked that the lawsuit be dismissed, saying the governor did not have the authority to affirm the legality of marriages.

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4:10 p.m. UPDATE:

Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith reports the earlier stay in the case is still in effect, meaning same-sex couples wanting to marry in Indiana or Wisconsin still cannot until the stay is lifted.

4:00 p.m. UPDATE:

Here's more from Posner's ruling.  He notes homosexuality is not a choice, as some detractors have claimed, but an "immutable characteristic":

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Days after a federal appeals court upheld the state's 'right to work' law, the Indiana Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Thursday in two cases challenging the law.

The 2012 law bars making union dues a condition of employment, and allows people to join unions without paying any fee. Ed Maher with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 calls it an unfair situation for unions, because they can be forced to use dues from paying members to provide services for workers who do not pay a union fee.

No Timeline For Decision In Gay Marriage Case

Aug 27, 2014
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The 7th Circuit Court of appeals does not have a timeline on when it will rule in the lawsuits again Indiana and Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage bans.

A three-judge panel heard oral arguments Tuesday.

The appeals court judges kept attorneys on both sides on their toes with questions throughout the arguments.

Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher was only a few sentences in when Judge Richard Posner started asking questions.

The state’s argument largely lies in the idea that Indiana has an interest in regulating procreation through marriage.

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Under the sweltering midday sun in Lafayette, a crowd of more than 50 people wiped perspiration from their brows as they waited for Indiana marriage advocates to address them.

But one of the case’s plaintiffs, Melody Betterman-Layne, said it was only the late summer weather that was causing them to sweat – they weren’t sweating the 7th Circuit’s decision.