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Federal Judge Rules Indiana’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional

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June 25, 2014 — All same sex couples may now get married legally in the state of Indiana. A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Indiana’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Marion County Clerk Beth White told the “Indy Star” that she is ready to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in her office at the City-County Building in Downtown Indianapolis. She also says her office will conduct short, civil ceremonies on a first-come, first-serve basis for a voluntary $50 contribution to the Indiana Youth Group. Anyone who wants to find information on how to obtain a wedding license can go the state of Indiana website. Several couples sued the state earlier this year in a challenge to Indiana’s ban on gay marriage. One lawsuit revolved around a same-sex couple from Munster who requested immediate recognition of their out-of-state marriage because one of the women, Niki Quasney, is terminally ill. The judge, U.S. District Judge Richard Young, granted that emergency request earlier this year. Most recently, both sides asked Young to rule on the broader constitutionality of the state law that says marriage is only between a man and a woman.

 

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