Same-sex couple from Elkhart gets married after waiting 16 years for state's recognition

Amanda Batts and Dalanna Botorff became the second same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license in Goshen.

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 9:34 p.m.

GOSHEN — Amanda Batts and Dalanna Botorff waited 16 years for the moment when Indiana would recognize same-sex marriage.

When they learned on Wednesday that a federal judge had struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage, Batts and Botorff called the Elkhart County clerk’s offices to ask if they could get married, Bottorff said. 

They drove from Elkhart to pick up their minister and headed to the Superior Court clerk’s office in Goshen just after 8 a.m. Thursday, June 26. Batts, 31, and Bottorff, 30, became the second same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license in Goshen.

In Elkhart County no lines were formed outside the clerk's offices. At the Elkhart County Courthouse in Goshen, business went as usual. By noon Thursday only four same-sex couples had gone to the courthouse in Goshen to get a marriage license.

That's compared to the 19 same-sex couples that got married in St. Joseph County by Wednesday afternoon, only hours after a federal judge struck down Indiana's ban.

Walking out of the Superior Court 3 clerk's office, Bortoff fist-pumped the air in celebration. 

Bottorff said she saw a tweet with news about the ruling Wednesday afternoon and told Batts. They called Elkhart's clerk's offices the throughout the day to see if they were issuing marriage license’s and it wasn't until after the offices had closed that they heard Elkhart County had been advised to hand out the licenses.

"And then we knew we were going to get here first thing in the morning," Bottorff said.

Previously, the couple had made plans to apply for a marriage license outside of the state.

"We thought (Indiana) would be the last state (to strike down the ban,)" Batts said.

But now that they have legal recognition in the state Batts and Bottorff will be able to adopt children, something they had been hoping for in the last few years.

Is a wedding ceremony in the horizon? Batts and Bottorff already had theirs about three years ago.

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