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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ind. Courts - Courts' Marriage License E-Filing Application continues to require male and female applicant

What follow are screen shots of:

Notice that as of this evening at 9:00 PM the pages continue to require a "male" and "female" applicant, despite Wednesday's federal court ruling. Some county clerks have cited this state court electronic marriage license system as a reason they cannot issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

This limitation has not, however, kept many county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Take, for instance, Marion County, where Jake Miller and Craig Bowen were featured today by the Indianapolis Star as the "first same-sex couple to wed in Indy." How does the Miller-Bowen union show up in the State Court's marriage license database? Here it is, notice one party is listed as "groom" and the other is "bride":

Notice also, that in performing a search you have to guess which party was bride and which was groom, if you guess wrong, you get no result!

Given Wednesday's federal court's order, and the commendable efforts at compliance by our state executive branch, and by at least 86% of our county clerks, shouldn't our State Court also comply and update its electronic marriage license system?

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 26, 2014 08:27 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts