First responders challenge Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban

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(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind)--Over 100 first responders are challenging Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage.  They are signing a legal brief in support of same-sex marriage.

Several gay first responders say they  want their partners to be covered under the benefits of marriage if they are hurt or killed in the line of duty.

"We have struggled whereas my co-workers haven't struggled because we are a same sex couple," said Sgt. Karen Vaughn-Kajmowicz  Muncie Police Department.

Back in June, a judge deemed Indiana's marriage ban unconstitutional.  Same-sex couples were allowed to get married and their status was recognized by the state.  However, the state issued a stay days later.  As of today, those marriages aren't recognized according to Governor Mike Pence.

"To know that my family will not have to worry financially is one less thing my family will have to worry about," said Vaughn-Kajmowicz.

The brief will be filed Tuesday, and it will be heard in front of the court of appeals in Chicago on Aug. 26.

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