Indiana gay marriage supporters push hard in 2014

Supporters of gay marriage in Wisconsin and Indiana attend a rally at the federal plaza Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Chicago. The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Tuesday on gay marriage fights from Indiana and Wisconsin, setting the stage for one ruling. Each case deals with whether statewide gay marriage bans violate the Constitution. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Democrats are using the issue of gay marriage to boost support going into the November general election.

The party was bolstered by victories at the Statehouse and in courts across the country this year.

Democratic Marion County Clerk Beth White says she’s seen an increase in fundraising since she performed more than 300 same-sex weddings after a federal judge ruled Indiana’s gay marriage ban was unconstitutional. She hopes that helps her campaign to unseat Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson.

Two openly gay candidates are relying on a network of volunteers that sprang up from a Statehouse battle over a constitutional ban on gay marriage to aid their challenges of incumbent legislators.

Republicans have been largely silent on the issue as they await the outcome of court challenges.

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