Indiana groups hail court’s gay-marriage decision

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Supporters of same-sex marriage in Indiana are hailing a Supreme Court ruling upholding the practice nationwide but say Indiana still needs to do more to protect the rights of its gay residents.

The court's 5-4 ruling Friday means that 14 states will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. Indiana's ban was lifted in 2014.

Freedom Indiana campaign manager Katie Blair says the ruling is a victory but that Indiana still needs statewide protections against discrimination so lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents aren't fired or denied housing or services because of their sexual orientation.

The grassroots group that fought Indiana's gay-marriage ban had planned a noon rally at the Statehouse.

Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane called the ruling a "momentous victory" on the journey toward equality but echoed the call for statewide civil rights protections.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller asked residents to treat each other with civility and show respect for the U.S. Supreme Court following its ruling.

Zoeller said in a statement Friday that the court's decision won't change much in Indiana, because the state has allowed same-sex marriage since last year.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana last year ruled Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, and the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago upheld the ruling.

Marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples since October, when the U.S. Supreme Court denied the state's request to review the appellate court's decision.

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