Days after terrorists struck Paris, France, last November, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence placed a ban on Syrian refugees from being resettled in the state.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana sought an injunction against the ban, stating Pence doesn’t have the authority to do that.


ACLU’s attorney Ken Falk made the same argument Wednesday at a federal court in Chicago.   


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Some Hoosiers will pay close attention today as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage.

Last year, a federal court found Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional. This year, lawmakers passed a Religious Freedom law that some said allowed discrimination against same-sex couples.

The law was amended, but not before a local and national outcry. That’s why Katie Blair, who’s with the LGBTQ advocacy group Freedom Indiana, doesn’t think Indiana will revert to its old ways no matter how the U-S Supreme Court rules.

Controversial Indiana Law Could Be Revisited

Apr 2, 2015
State of Indiana

Indiana lawmakers could vote Thursday on amending a law that's caused a firestorm.

Republican lawmakers and Governor Mike Pence have faced widespread criticism over a religious freedom law. In fact, one northern Indiana pizzeria says it will not cater same-sex weddings on religious grounds.

Now lawmakers want to amend that law so that it cannot be used to discriminate against gays and lesbians. Democrats like State Senator Earline Rogers of Gary says there’s a simpler solution.

Indiana Public Media

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence wants legislators to fix a controversial law by the end of the week.

That comes as pressure continues to mount for an economic boycott of the state.

Pence continued to blame the media for spreading misinformation about a Religious Freedom law that he says cannot be used to discriminate against gay people.

He says he wants legislators to draft language to make that message clear and he wants it in two days just as the NCAA’s men's Final Four gets underway in Indianapolis.

Federal Officials OK Illiana Expressway

Dec 12, 2014
Illiana Corridor website

The Illiana Expressway has received a green light from federal officials. The 47-mile expressway now moves from the planning phase to implementation. 

That means Illinois and Indiana officials can look for public-private partnerships to help build and operate the $1.5 billion project.

Land acquisition efforts, including landowner relations and local planning activities, also can continue.