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Indiana Groups Hail Marriage Ruling, Seek More Protections

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Supporters of same-sex marriage 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.

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 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.

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