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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Ind. Courts - "How many same-sex couples got married in East Central Indiana?"

Robin Gibson has this story today in the Muncie Star-Press. Some quotes:

MUNCIE — Thirty same-sex couples officially got married in East Central Indiana last week before a stay issued Friday night slammed shut the briefly opened window for such weddings.

What happens next for these newly married couples and their legal status, however, remained unclear as of early this week.

U.S. District Judge Richard Young on Wednesday struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage, and ordered Indiana to begin issuing licenses to gay couples. Clerks’ offices in all but seven counties eventually did so, according to The Indianapolis Star — until the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago issued an emergency order to stay further marriages at the request of Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.

In Delaware County, where the clerk’s office began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples mid-morning last Thursday, a total of 24 licenses were issued and 21 of those were returned post-wedding to be recorded.

Henry County had 12 licenses issued and five recorded. Jay County issued four licenses and recorded two before the stay was announced on Friday. Randolph County issued two licenses and had one returned. The single license issued in Blackford County was recorded.

In Marion County, where the clerk began issuing licenses shortly after the ruling was announced Wednesday and kept the office open late to meet demand, more than 500 licenses were issued to same-sex couples, The Indianapolis Star reported.

East Central Indiana clerks’ offices differed this week in their answers to the question of whether licenses could still be returned to them and/or recorded after the stay.

East Central Indiana clerks’ offices differed this week in their answers to the question of whether licenses could still be returned to them and/or recorded after the stay. While many reported that they weren’t accepting licenses from same-sex couples after Friday’s announcement — at least until further word from state officials — the Delaware County clerk’s office reported Tuesday that, as long as a wedding had been held before the stay was announced (7:57 p.m. Friday, according to arrival time for notice received from the attorney general’s office), and the paperwork was turned in within the same 60-day window for opposite-sex marriage licenses, the office would still accept returned licenses.

How the office might know what time the marriage was performed, however, was uncertain. Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie’s community minister Julia Corbett-Hemeyer, who performed five quickly scheduled weddings for same-sex couples last week, noted Tuesday that the license forms didn’t include a place to list time for the wedding.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 2, 2014 08:28 AM
Posted to Indiana Government