Federal Judge Overturns Indiana Gay Marriage Ban
June 25, 2014 –TheStatehouseFile.com
A federal judge overturned the state’s ban on same sex marriage – effective today – leaving open the door for gay couples to marry immediately.
Judge Richard Young ruled Indiana’s state law banning gay marriage is unconstitutional and violates the due process and equal protection clause. The ruling states that same sex couples cannot be prosecuted or denied a marriage license.
The marriage coordinator for Hoosiers United for Marriage — Kyle Megrath — said it’s a historical day because people have been waiting a long time to have their love recognized. Megrath said the group is waiting for more details about how the ruling will be enforced.
But Marion County Clerk Beth White said that her office will start performing marriages right away. She tweeted that she planned to do “simple civil ceremonies for couples for $50 voluntary contribution to Indiana Youth Group today.
[Photo: Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, the Munster couple involved in the same-sex marriage ban case — Indystar.com]