Monday, September 22, 2014

1st same-sex couple weds legally in Indianapolis after judge strikes down gay marriage ban

Several couples went to the Marion County clerk’s office in Indianapolis after the ruling striking down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage was announced.

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 12:57 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — Same-sex couples have begun applying for marriage licenses and getting hitched in Indiana following a federal judge’s ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban.

Several couples arrived at the Marion County clerk’s office in Indianapolis to apply for marriage licenses about an hour after U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the state’s ban was unconstitutional.

Indiana law has defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and the state has refused to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states where it is legal.

Marion County Clerk Beth White offered Wednesday, June 25, to conduct short, civil ceremonies for same-sex couples who donated $50 to a group supporting gay and transgender youths.

The Indiana attorney general’s office says it will appeal the ruling.

 This Sept. 21, 2009 photo provided by Jerry Murphy shows Omar Gonzalez, who was married to Murphy's mother, Samantha, until they divorced in 2012. Authorities have identified Gonzalez as the man who got into the White House after scaling a fence on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Courtesy Jerry Murphy)

Updated at 3:26 p.m.
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