Hoosiers file federal lawsuit fighting Indiana's same-sex marriage ban

Three agencies, including the American Civil Liberties Union, have filed suit on behalf of 15 LGBT plaintiffs. What do you think of their case?

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 7:10 p.m.

Although Indiana's legislative session has ended without HJR-3 being put on Hoosiers' November ballots, a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, March 13 has brought the issue of same-sex marriage back into the spotlight.

Three agencies, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana (ACLU), have filed suit on behalf of 15 plaintiffs fighting Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage, as well as its lack of recognition for same-sex marriages performed in other states.

The people and couples behind the lawsuit argue they've faced harm and discrimination because of Indiana's laws, a release from the ACLU said.

One woman, Midori Fujii, married her spouse, Kris Brittain, in California. After Brittain died of ovarian cancer, Fujii was not allowed to make funeral arrangements since she wasn't next of kin and had to pay more than $300,000 in state inheritance taxes on property her wife left her, a release from the ACLU said.

Another couple, Scott and Rodney Moubray-Carrico, joined the lawsuit because they were concerned their 6-year-old son is being taught his family isn't as important as those with heterosexual parents.

The rest of the plaintiff's stories can be found on ACLU's website.

What do you think about what these LGBT Indiana residents are doing? What do you hope the outcome of the lawsuit is?

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