Wednesday, June 26 2013 6:26 PM EDT2013-06-26 22:26:24 GMT
The Supreme Court made its ruling on two key gay marriage issues Wednesday, but the court of public opinion may be the real determining factor in the debate. The high court voted down down a key provisionMore >>
In Indiana the debate is not about making gay marriage legal. It is already illegal by law. Now lawmakers want to make that part of the state's constitution, which gay rights advocates admit will make it extremely difficult to ever change.More >>
Wednesday, June 26 2013 4:04 PM EDT2013-06-26 20:04:52 GMT
As supporters of gay marriage celebrate a landmark ruling at the U.S. Supreme Court, conservatives are vowing to fight for the traditional definition of marriage. The court ruling basically defers theMore >>
Gay marriage proponents in Indiana celebrated Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Meanwhile, conservatives are preparing for a ballot initiative in 2014.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:15 PM EST2013-12-11 23:15:22 GMT
An Indianapolis pastor has been convicted of child molestation. A jury found 71-year-old Otis Jetter guilty on all three counts Tuesday. Jetter had been working as a pastor at the Pilgrim Chapel MissionaryMore >>
A jury found 71-year-old Otis Jetter guilty on all three counts Tuesday.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:00 PM EST2013-12-11 23:00:14 GMT
About 50 days and 60 degrees ago, Dr. Lewis Ferebee rode a school bus to his first day of work as the new leader of Indianapolis Public Schools. He had a 100-day plan to begin improving the district.More >>
In an Eyewitness News interview, we ask IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee what he's learned, what he's done, and where he sees the school district headed.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:31 PM EST2013-12-11 22:31:19 GMT
A few snow showers are in the forecast for Wednesday evening and a quick blast of even colder air will follow. Overnight temperatures will be in the range of 1 to -4 degrees. Wind chills will be evenMore >>
A few snow showers are in the forecast for Wednesday evening and a quick blast of even colder air will follow.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:17 PM EST2013-12-11 22:17:26 GMT
As bitter cold sets in, many in central Indiana are thinking twice before cranking up the thermostat. "When I hear that furnace kick on and I don't feel cold, I jump up and I cut it down," said RooseveltMore >>
As bitter cold sets in, many in central Indiana are thinking twice before cranking up the thermostat.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 4:55 PM EST2013-12-11 21:55:24 GMT
The House has passed legislation that instructs the Veterans Affairs Department to unearth the remains of an Army veteran buried with military honors after police said he killed an Indianapolis woman andMore >>
The House has passed legislation that instructs the Veterans Affairs Department to unearth the remains of an Army veteran buried with military honors after police said he killed an Indianapolis woman and injured three others before taking his own life.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 4:47 PM EST2013-12-11 21:47:54 GMT
The five power conferences of college sports want more flexibility in providing financial support to athletes. A major reason they lack that freedom in the first place is other NCAA members have fearedMore >>
The five power conferences of college sports want more flexibility in providing financial support to athletes.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 4:42 PM EST2013-12-11 21:42:20 GMT
Two young men were injured when they were shot during an attempted robbery Tuesday in Columbus. Police say the robbery occurred around 5 p.m. in the 2300 block of Sims Court. Three males, ages 20, 19More >>
Two young men were injured when they were shot during an attempted robbery Tuesday in Columbus.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 4:38 PM EST2013-12-11 21:38:37 GMT
Terry McLaurin of Indianapolis Cathedral has won this year's Indiana Mr. Football award. The versatile play-maker received 19 votes from a panel of Indiana Football Coaches Association members. CardinalMore >>
Terry McLaurin of Indianapolis Cathedral has won this year's Indiana Mr. Football award.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 4:27 PM EST2013-12-11 21:27:34 GMT
A threatening call led to a lockdown at Lafayette schools Wednesday. The Lafayette Crisis Center contacted police after receiving a call at around 1:21 pm from someone saying they were near a schoolMore >>
A threatening call led to a lockdown at Lafayette schools Wednesday.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 4:15 PM EST2013-12-11 21:15:21 GMT
Former Indianapolis Indians star Andrew McCutchen made a big splash Wednesday on the "Ellen" show. The current Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder and reigning National League MVP wrapped up his first appearanceMore >>
Former Indianapolis Indians star Andrew McCutchen made a big splash Wednesday on the "Ellen" show.More >>
WASHINGTON, DC -
The Supreme Court issued two major rulings Wednesday on same sex marriage.
The high court ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional and dismissed an attempt to revive California's same sex marriage ban.
The major ruling today is about federal benefits, but same sex marriage supporters see a much wider victory.
Gay marriage supporters erupted in cheers outside the Supreme Court after the decision to strike down DOMA and to keep same-sex marriage legal in California.
In a 5-4 decision written by swing Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court found that DOMA violated the US Constitution's equal protection clause.
The 1996 law defined marriage as between a man and a woman and banned federal benefits to same-sex couples.
David Boies, a lawyer who argued against California's Proposition 8, said the Supreme Court decision guarantees every person in every state marriage equality.
But the decision is likely to incite a backlash among gay marriage opponents and recharge their efforts. They say the fight is far from over.
"The supreme court has NO authority when comes to nature of marriage," said Rev. Rob Schenck, Evangelical Church Alliance.
The ruling does not guarantee a right to same-sex marriage, but rather, it forces the government to recognize such unions in states where they've been declared legal.
In a related but narrower decision, the court ruled against supporters of a same-sex marriage ban in California, saying they didn't have the legal standing to file their appeal to the high court. That means a lower court's ruling against Proposition 8 stands and same-sex marriage will once again be legal in California.
While the ruling applies to just 13 states, same-sex marriage supporters consider them landmarks.
Watch Eyewitness News at Noon to hear from groups on both sides of the debate. This story will be updated with their comments.
House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) issued the following statement in response to today's United States Supreme Court rulings:
"I am disappointed the federal Defense of Marriage Act has been overturned. I am certainly pleased the Supreme Court has confirmed each state's right to address the legal issue of what constitutes one of the most important institutions in our society.
The members of the General Assembly will be fully equipped to address the issue of the constitutional amendment in the coming legislative session, and with today's decision, I am confident the matter will come before the General Assembly and ultimately be placed on a referenda ballot for voter consideration. As they have in 30 other states, Hoosiers should have the right to speak on this issue."
Former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank (D), the first openly gay Congressman and the first to get married, spoke to NBC.
"I am very happy as I hear what appears to be the basis of the decision - first of all a reaffirmation of equal protection," said Frank. "This really is classic equal protection jurisprudence. The surprise is not the five justices found for it; it's that four justices still want to make those of us who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender an exception to traditional jurisprudence. Secondly, it is a fact that we as a class are entitled to this. It is very, very important both specifically to a lot of hard-working people who pay their taxes and haven't been getting the full benefits and it's one more step towards doing what I think is the most important constitutional mandate we have."
Frank says the Constitution set forward "a number of radical principles for the time, but it excluded a lot of people from the benefit of those rights."
Chanting "DOMA is Dead," supporters of same-sex marriage burst into cheers Wednesday at news of the Supreme Court's decision invalidating part of a law denying gay marriage partners the same federal benefits heterosexual couples enjoy.
Sarah Prager, 26, cried when she heard the news standing outside the court. Prager married her wife in Massachusetts in 2011 and now lives in Maryland.
"I'm in shock. I didn't expect DOMA to be struck down," she said through tears and shaking. Prager was referring to the Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996, which was aimed at preserving the legal definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.
A large crowd had thronged to the high court's plaza earlier to await not only the decision on DOMA, but also a ruling on whether a constitutional amendment in California prohibiting gay marriage could stand the test of challenge.
Most of the crowd that spilled across the sidewalk in front of the court were gay marriage supporters. One person held a rainbow flag and another wore a rainbow shawl, and a number of people carried signs with messages including "2 moms make a right" and "'I Do' Support Marriage Equality." Others wore T-shirts including "Legalize gay" and "It's time for marriage equality." At several points the crowd began a call and response: "What do we want? Equality. When do we want it? Now."
Larry Cirignano, 57, was in the minority with a sign supporting marriage only between a man and a woman. He said he drove four hours from Far Hills, N.J., because he believed all views should be represented. He said he hopes the court follows the lead of 38 states that have defined marriage as between one man and one woman
George Washington University student Philip Anderson, 20, came to the court with a closet door that towered above his head. He had painted it with a message opposing the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman and which the court is considering. His door read: "This used to oppress me. Repeal DOMA; Now. No more shut doors."
Thirty-four-year-old Ian Holloway of Los Angeles got to the court around 7 a.m. to try to get a seat inside the courtroom. Holloway said he and his partner had planned to get married in March but when the justices decided to hear the case involving California's ban on gay marriage they pushed back their date.
He said, "We have rings ready. We're ready to go as soon as the decision comes down." Holloway said he was optimistic the justices would strike down Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 8:33 AM EST2013-12-11 13:33:42 GMT
In an effort to save time and money, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wants to bring criminal justice in Marion County under one roof. Sources tell Eyewitness News a plan is in the works that would consolidateMore >>
In an effort to save time and money, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wants to bring criminal justice in Marion County under one roof.More >>
Wednesday, November 27 2013 6:21 PM EST2013-11-27 23:21:46 GMT
It's a case that has baffled police for decades. On November 17th, 2013, it will be 35 years since four young workers were kidnapped from the Speedway Burger Chef and killed. There were four victimsMore >>
It's one of the state's most heinous crimes. 35 years later, the Burger Chef murder case is still unsolved. Now, Eyewitness News has uncovered a new theory connected to the investigation that focuses on another Burger Chef restaurant.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 10:45 PM EST2013-12-11 03:45:01 GMT
There are major changes ahead for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Track officials revealed Tuesday how they will spend millions of dollars - some of it taxpayer money - for improvements at the track. TheMore >>
Track officials revealed Tuesday how they will spend millions of dollars - some of it taxpayer money - for improvements at the track.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 2:50 AM EST2013-12-11 07:50:40 GMT
The Mega Millions jackpot grows to $400 million with no winner nationwide Tuesday night. The jackpot is approaching a new record for Friday night, estimated at $400 million. The winning numbers forMore >>
The Mega Millions jackpot grows to $400 million with no winner nationwide Tuesday night. More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 12:00 AM EST2013-12-11 05:00:46 GMT
Metro Police are investigating a home break-in, in which thieves stole Christmas from an east side Indianapolis family.Anita Barnes says faith and family are the heart of the holidays.She decorated herMore >>
Metro police are investigating a home break-in in which thieves stole Christmas from an east Indianapolis family.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:49 AM EST2013-12-11 10:49:15 GMT
A Greenwood family escaped from a fire overnight in the 800 block of Ramblin Road. White River Township Fire Department was assisted by Greenwood Fire in fighting the building fire. The family ofMore >>
Greenwood family of four escapes building fire overnight.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:23 PM EST2013-12-11 01:23:04 GMT
A woman who worked for more than 12 years at an Indianapolis church is accused of stealing more than $177,000 from there. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says Stephanie Hicks was charged TuesdayMore >>
A woman who worked for more than 12 years at an Indianapolis church is accused of stealing more than $177,000 from there.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 6:37 PM EST2013-12-10 23:37:33 GMT
People living in a far south side Indianapolis apartment complex say enough is enough. Parc Bordeaux Apartments residents are fed up with thieves who have repeatedly targeted their complex. The most recentMore >>
People living in a far south side Indianapolis apartment complex say enough is enough.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 12:28 PM EST2013-12-11 17:28:11 GMT
New jobs are coming to central Indiana as a company brings its headquarters to Carmel. That's the new home for Allegion. The Ireland-based company was spun off from Ingersoll Rand last week. It willMore >>
New jobs are coming to central Indiana as a company brings its headquarters to Carmel. That's the new home for Allegion.More >>