Lebanon Reporter

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March 8, 2014

Couples want equal rights in same-sex suit

Eight plaintiffs challenge Indiana's gay marriage ban

LOUISVILLE — Erin Brock says she’s prepared to fight to have her love legally recognized by the state of Indiana.

Brock and her financé Melissa Love share a home and children in Jeffersonville and are one of four same-sex couples from Southern Indiana suing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in federal court to allow them to legally marry or to have their marriages in other states recognized by Indiana.“If I had the chance to talk to the governor, I would say, ‘It’s about love,’” Brock said. “‘And, I get that there are politics that go on, but I don’t care.“I don’t care about that. I care about the fact that I want to love someone for the rest of my life.”While Brock and Love have considered a destination wedding for the opportunity to enjoy their nuptials, the women are willing to delay plans and put up a fight for their right to be wed in their hometown in the company of friends and families.“We fell in love, and we want to get married,” Love said.“There are 1,138 rights, benefits and privileges that straight people get when they get married, and we want those same rights. That is all we are asking for.”If Louisville law firm Clay Daniel Walton & Adams is successful, their clients and many others around the state will be given those rights.ONLY FEDERAL CASE IN INDIANAThe law firm announced the lawsuit Friday at its downtown offices. It was filed in the Southern District of Indiana, which has a courthouse in New Albany.

The couples are from Clark and Floyd counties, and it’s the only such federal case involving Indiana.

Attorney Dan Canon said during the media conference that Indiana is under leadership that says his clients do not deserve the same rights, responsibilities and privileges provided to opposite-sex couples, simple because they are in a same-sex relationships.

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