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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ind. Decisions - More on: The same-sex marriage ruling and the county clerks

This portion of a NWI Times story this evening caught my eye [(note the part I've highlighted)

Lake County Deputy Clerk Rose Svetcoff apologized to the couple because many forms still had only a choice for a bride and groom.

Lake County Judge John Pera married the couple just after 2 p.m. From outside the courtroom, Pera could be seen hugging the couple following the private ceremony. A woman sitting on the bench clapped for them as they walked back to the clerk's office. * * *

Valparaiso resident Mary Williams said she and her partner, Angela Williams, rushed to the county courthouse Wednesday after learning of the judge's decision.

"I got the message from a friend today and we wanted to hurry before there was an appeal," she said, with the couple's 2-year-old son, Michael, asleep in her arms.

They were the first same-sex couple to pick up a marriage license in Porter County after initially being stalled when told Clerk Karen Martin was researching the issue.

Martin later explained she wanted to make sure the computer system would accept filings from same-sex couples, which it did.

"Very exciting," Angela Williams said. "Shocking, never thought it would happen in Indiana."

The ILB had recently looked at the Indiana Court's online electronic marriage application page and it required, along with the requirement that both applicants be 18 or over, that the applicants be a male and a female. Tonight I no longer see that language on the first page.

But when I clicked Start Your Application, the form still requires submissions from the "male applicant" and the "female applicant."

For more see other ILB posts from today, including this one.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 25, 2014 06:16 PM
Posted to Indiana Government