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Group sues Indiana over who can perform marriages

by Indiana Public Broadcasting

May 10, 2012

A secular organization is filing suit against Indiana, claiming the state’s marriage statute is unconstitutional because it spells out who is authorized to perform marriages in the state.  Indiana’s Marriage Statute says those who can perform marriages include religious organizations and some elected officials.  The Center for Inquiry, which has a program that trains people to conduct marriage ceremonies, is suing the state.  They say the marriage statute violates the First Amendment and says government cannot discriminate against non-religion in favor of religion.  The Attorney General’s office says the lawsuit is a constitutional test of the state’s authority and that it will defend the legislature’s right to determine who can marry people.