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[ATG] Attorney General Zoeller defends Indiana’s traditional marriage definition statute from legal challenges
Start Date: 3/13/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/13/2014
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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller today reiterated that he will defend Indiana’s marriage definition statute from legal challenges plaintiffs file, both at the trial court level and on any appeal.

“When plaintiffs who disagree with an Indiana statute file a challenge in court, I have a duty as Indiana’s Attorney General to defend our state and the statute the Legislature passed to the best of my skill and ability -- and will do so here, both now and on any appeal.   Though such cases elicit strong opinions on both sides, Hoosiers should maintain civility and respect toward each other while the court does its work,” Zoeller said.

As state government’s lawyer, the Indiana Attorney General’s Office previously has successfully defended Indiana’s marriage-definition statute from a legal challenge.  In January 2013, the Indiana Attorney General’s Office was one of the lead authors of two amicus briefs filed in the United States Supreme Court in support of other states’ laws defining marriage in the traditional way, in the cases Hollingsworth v. Perry and U.S. v. Windsor.

The Attorney General has not yet been served with a legal challenge announced today, Baskin et al v. Bogan et al, but Zoeller said his office is prepared to defend the State and Indiana statute from the lawsuit plaintiffs filed in federal court.  Zoeller’s office is also defending the State in a separate challenge filed last week, Love et al v. Pence.

NOTE: Here is a statement of one year ago where Attorney General Zoeller said he would defend Indiana’s statutory marriage definition if it were challenged:



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Boone County

Lake County

Porter County

State House
Contact Information:
Name: Bryan Corbin
Phone: 317.233.3970
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