Sunday, June 29, 2014

Stay Granted on Overturning of Same Sex Marriage Prohibition in Indiana

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller's request a stay of Judge Richard Young's overturning of Indiana's same sex marriage law was granted by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago pending appeal to the Supreme Court. Several similar rulings have been handed down by federal courts in the past several months (all of them ruling that same sex prohibition violates equal rights and equal protection), so it seems likely that the Supreme Court will provide a ruling in the foreseeable future.

However, the stay leaves same sex couples who have been granted marriage licenses and were married during the time when it was legal in Indiana in a kind of legal limbo; read more about it from USA Today here. Sunday's op-ed by the Journal and Courier's editorial staff was headlined "Why Not Today on Same Sex Marriage?" Why not indeed. The J&C editorial concludes, "The biggest winners here are those who understood that the institution of marriage changed not one iota on Wednesday in a state where same-sex couples also are allowed the equal rights and equal protections marriage offers."