Mike Pence’s successor as Indiana Governor is another anti-LGBT Republican

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Eric Holcomb won the Indiana governor’s race Nov. 8, a little more than three months after replacing Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence as the GOP nominee.

Holcomb was not well known around the state when he became the Republican candidate in July, about five months after Pence appointed the former state GOP chairman as lieutenant governor.

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Indiana cities ask judge to dismiss LGBTQ protections suit

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Bloomington and three other Indiana cities have asked a Hamilton County judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging local protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The cities argue the conservative advocacy groups that filed the case against local human rights ordinances don’t have standing and that they’ve improperly argued hypothetical situations, the Herald-Times reported.

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Transgender man suing over Indiana law blocking name change

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A transgender man granted asylum by the U.S. last year is challenging an Indiana law that prevents him from changing his first name to a male name that matches his gender identity.

The 31-year-old, who was brought to Indiana from Mexico illegally by his parents at age six, contends in his federal lawsuit that Indiana’s law requiring anyone seeking a name-change to provide proof of U.S. citizenship is unconstitutional and essentially forces him to “out” himself as transgender whenever he must display his driver’s license.

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Indiana’s lieutenant governor: LGBT rights question “is not an issue I’m focused on at all”

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg derided Republican candidate Eric Holcomb Sept. 19 for being slow to offer plans for what he would do if elected to the state’s top office.

Holcomb’s campaign announced afterward that he would discuss an economic development proposal Sept. 20 — his first policy announcement coming seven weeks before Election Day and eight weeks after he was picked to replace Gov. Mike Pence as the Republican nominee.

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Indy Pride festival to move site in Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Organizers of an LGBT festival in Indianapolis say the event will move to a bigger site next year.

Indy Pride announced Sept. 16 that the Circle City, IN Pride festival will move to Military Park at White River State Park next June. The festival for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community had been held at the American Legion Mall since 2010 and organizers said more than 100,000 people attended this year.

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Indiana city adopts transgender anti-discrimination protections

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – The Lafayette City Council has approved anti-discrimination protections for transgender people.

The (Lafayette) Journal & Courier reports council members voted unanimously Sept. 6 to add gender identity, age and veteran status to the list of protections in the city’s human relations ordinance. The ordinance already covered complaints about housing, employment and accommodations based on race, sex, religion, color, disability, familial status and national origin.

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Indiana lawmakers to discuss ongoing LGBT rights debate

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana state lawmakers plan to convene to discuss what recommendations should be made for the upcoming legislative session regarding rights for LGBT residents.

The meeting Aug. 30 comes after efforts failed last legislative session when the state drew widespread opposition of a religious objections law that critics said amounted to an invitation to discriminate against gay people, the Indianapolis Star reported.

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Appeals court: US law doesn’t cover sexual orientation discrimination

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Indianapolis (AP) – A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lesbian’s lawsuit against Ivy Tech Community College because federal law does not protect people who claim workplace discrimination because of sexual orientation.

A three-judge panel of 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a complaint filed by Kimberly Hively of South Bend, a former part-time instructor who said the college did not hire her full-time because she is a lesbian.

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Same-sex spouses must be listed on birth certificates, Indiana court says

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Indianapolis (AP) – Indiana must list both spouses in lesbian marriages as parents on their children’s birth certificates, a federal judge ruled June 30, saying the state must end what she called a “discriminatory” practice of listing only the birth mother.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt granted summary judgment in favor of eight lesbian couples who sued the Indiana health commissioner, Dr. Jerome Adams, whose agency overseas birth certificates and county health departments. The couples argued that state law wrongly forces a spouse who did not give birth to go through a costly adoption process to be legally recognized as the child’s parent. 

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Judge rules Indiana must list both mothers as parents on birth certificates

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Indianapolis (AP) — Indiana must list both spouses in lesbian marriages as parents on their children’s birth certificates, a federal judge ruled June 30, saying the state must end what she called a “discriminatory” practice of listing only the birth mother.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt granted summary judgment in favor of eight lesbian couples who sued the Indiana health commissioner, Dr. Jerome Adams, whose agency oversees birth certificates and county health departments. The couples argued that state law wrongly forces a spouse who did not give birth to go through a costly adoption process to be legally recognized as the child’s parent.

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LGBT business group to honor former Indianapolis mayor

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Indianapolis (AP) – Former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will be honored by an LGBT business group for his advocacy on gay rights issues.

The Indy Rainbow Chamber of Commerce will present Ballard with a plaque at a June 1 ceremony. The group praises Ballard for embracing diversity and opposing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Indiana residents.

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Indiana lawmakers forming committee to study LGBT rights

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Indianapolis (AP) – Indiana lawmakers will form a committee to study the possibility of adding LGBT civil rights protections into state law.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma and GOP Senate leader David Long said May 25 that debate over the issue has dominated discussions in recent legislative sessions.

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