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Deadly IN Stage Collapse Could Have One Potential Upside

The horrifying stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair that killed four people and injuring 45 others may have a grim silver lining. Lesbian spouse Tammy VanDam died in the collapse and now her wife Beth Urschel is among those suing the state. But collecting her part of a $50 million settlement will also challenge the state’s marriage inequality laws and force the courts to reckon with its treatment of same-sex spouses. While Indiana has no constitutional ban on marriage equality, its statutes only recognize marriages between a man and a woman and deny recognition of other legal arrangements that are “substantially similar to that of marriage.” Yes, but for how long?