Thursday, June 26, 2014

Indiana Ban on Same Sex Marriage Ruled Unconstitutional!

On the same day that a federal appellate court ruled against the Utah ban on same sex marriages, Indiana U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young ruled that Indiana's law was unconstitutional. In his ruling, Young wrote that “These couples, when gender and sexual orientation are taken away, are in all respects like the family down the street. The Constitution demands that we treat them as such.” He goes on to say that, "In time, Americans will look at the marriage of couples such as (the) plaintiffs, and refer to it simply as a marriage — not a same-sex marriage." And Judge Young notes that he has never seen a phenomenon in the federal court system like the same sex marriage cases, all of which have been decided in favor of the same sex couples. You can read all of Judge Young's ruling in Dave Bangert's column in the Journal and Courier here.

Meanwhile dozens of same sex couples rushed to their county clerks' offices to obtain a marriage license and to get married. You can see video footage of Indiana's first same sex marriage from the Journal and Courier here.

Meanwhile Indiana Public Media reports that Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey says she believes the court ruling only applies to counties named in the lawsuit. “I regret that I am upsetting some citizens of the county but I do take an oath, as I said, to uphold the law and at this moment I am not aware that the law has changed for Tippecanoe County,” Coffey says. The Journal and Courier has video of her explaining that the she can't issue licenses because the forms still contain the terms "bride" and "groom."