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Friday, June 27, 2014

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

Updating last evening's entry, here are some news stories this morning confirming again the confusion the court website has caused.

From the Muncie Star-Press this morning, this from the end of Robin Gibson's report:

Aside from the question of whether clerks’ offices actually could issue licenses to same-sex couples, which prompted the delay until today for some counties, the offices also faced the issue of how to do so with forms that had designated lines for bride and bridegroom.

Rather than using the electronic forms, the Delaware County clerk’s office opted to fill out paper forms by hand on Thursday, slightly altering them to list “1st applicant” and “2nd applicant” instead. A deputy clerk behind the counter midday Thursday helped Alexander Davis and Jerry McCord of Gaston to fill out their paperwork, then offered to use their phone to take pictures of them signing their names.

From the Lafayette Journal Courier, from a story by Ron Wilkins:
Daniel Peo and Douglas Taylor arrived at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse at 8 a.m. Thursday to get their marriage license and were told no. No one likes to be told no, especially if it's something important. * * *

"We were refused because the state forms had not been updated. They still say bride and groom," Peo said shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday as Taylor, friends and family contemplated what might unfold in the coming hours. "We're a little disappointed, though, because there are many counties that have already begun to issue licenses. We're disappointed that the clerk is delaying this for us." * * *

While some Indiana counties immediately began issuing same-sex marriage licenses Wednesday after U.S. District Judge Richard Young released his decision that overturned Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage, calling it unconstitutional, Tippecanoe County took a more cautious approach. County Attorney Doug Masson said Wednesday that he counseled against issuing the licenses to give him time to thoroughly read the decision, and Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey said she did not have the authority to alter a state document, the marriage license application. * * *

One couple was Jim Smith and Jim Mailloux, who were there with friends and family to witness their big day, which by 9 a.m. was still mired in bureaucratic red tape that Coffey feverishly worked to unravel.

"They said stick around," Mailloux said. "We heard they emailed Indianapolis this morning at 6:30 to get the right forms, and they haven't heard back. * * *

Possibility turned to reality about 9:30 a.m. when Coffey called the couples and their supporters together outside her office and announced that Tippecanoe Circuit Judge Don Daniel gave the clerk's office authority to modify the marriage license forms, prompting cheers and applause from the crowd.

ILB: If the Indiana Courts did not/does not have staff able to alter their electronic form, perhaps they could have/could still post a properly revised paper form (in pdf) online at the same location, and send an email to all the county clerks advising them of its availability.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 27, 2014 08:09 AM
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