Cop whose slurs were recorded quits Hammond

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HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) | A white police sergeant who spent 26 years with the Hammond department has resigned while under investigation for homophobic and racist comments while off duty at a bar.

Lt. Steven Kellogg says the officer submitted a retirement letter March 21, two hours before an interview. The Times reports that he was facing possible termination after his comments at a bar were recorded in December and February.

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Lawsuit filed over gay inmate’s suicide at Indiana jail

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ALBION, Ind. (AP) | A northeastern Indiana county faces a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that a gay inmate killed himself in its jail after being denied mental health treatment and enduring harassment over his sexuality.

Markus Middleton’s partner is suing Noble County’s sheriff, jail commander and jail staff.

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Indiana lawmakers facing tight budget, hate crimes debate

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) | Indiana lawmakers could struggle to give more than minimal funding increases to public schools in the new state budget that will emerge from this year’s legislative session.

Members of the General Assembly will return Jan. 3 to the Statehouse in Indianapolis for a session expected to last until late April.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Sarah Wilson and Stacey Schulz

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There were multiple instances I knew Stacey was the one, but it started to become obvious when I had a pretty significant shoulder injury early on in our relationship,” Sarah Wilson shares about the beginnings of her romance with her now-wife Stacey Schulz. “I was a mess. I was angry, sad, in excruciating pain constantly, irritable, spending all of my money on any treatment that would help and she just kept on taking care of me.”

Wilson recently moved back to St. Pete from Noblesville, Indiana and works as General Manager at the Mad Hatters Ethnobotanical Tea Bar. She shares where they were when she first met Schulz, who is a St. Pete native currently employed as a Software Product Specialist at SCC.

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Transgender student seeks injunction in bathrooms lawsuit

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP)| A federal judge is weighing whether to grant a preliminary injunction to allow a transgender student to use male bathrooms in an Indiana school district he’s suing over student bathroom availability.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports that U.S. District Judge William Lawrence heard the injunction request Friday in Evansville. The request was made by the 17-year-old Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. student identified by initials J.A.W.

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Push for hate crimes law fails again in Indiana Legislature

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana will remain one of just five states without a hate crimes law after Republican Senate leaders announced Tuesday they were killing a bill that targeted crimes motivated by bias.

Advocates say the move deals a blow to Indianapolis’ bid to land a new Amazon headquarters after unexpectedly making the shortlist of 20 finalists. The Republican Statehouse majorities, however, could not overcome opposition within their ranks.

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Openly gay Olympian Adam Rippon has ‘no interest’ in fight with Pence

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Figure skater Adam Rippon insists he has no interest in “picking a fight” with Vice President Mike Pence, who has been chosen by the White House to lead the U.S. delegation at the Winter Olympics.

He’s not backing away from his beliefs, though.

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Report: Trump joked Pence ‘wants to hang’ all gay people

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The anti-LGBT history of Vice President Mike Pence apparently isn’t lost on President Trump, who once joked his No. 2 in office “wants to hang” all the gay people, according to a recent article in the New Yorker.

The lengthy profile piece on Mike Pence contains significant details about his long career in politics starting as a U.S. House member, then Indiana governor and now vice president — highlighting Pence’s ties to the corporate right, including the Koch brothers, and the social conservative movement. (Recalling Pence’s time as a member of Congress, a former Republican staff member is quoted as saying Pence “was as far right as you could go without falling off the earth.”)

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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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