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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Four counties still not ready to issue same-sex marriage licenses [Updated]

That is according to this WISH-TV story this evening by Nina Criscuolo. According to the story, the hold-outs are Boone, Crawford, Lawrence and Jefferson counties.

Ironically, the Boone County Clerk is the named defendant in the lead lawsuit, Marilyn Rae Baskin and Esther Fuller, et al. v. Penny Bogan, in her official capacity as Boone County Clerk. et al. Some quotes from the story:

“Any time we’re running an election or any other clerk’s duties, it’s a hectic time,” Boone County Clerk Penny Bogan said.

It’s a busy week for Indiana court clerks. Early voting is now underway and the Supreme Court’s action effectively legalizing same-sex marriage adds to the work load.

“I was advised by my county attorney to actually hold off until we have more guidance by the state,” Bogan said. * * *

“I think that most people realize that we don’t want to have couples coming in, applying, and then being turned away again,” Bogan said.

Bogan said she’s waiting for guidance from the attorney general, 7th Circuit Court of Appeal, and most importantly the county attorney.

“I being the lead defendant on the Baskin vs. Bogan, he’s been abrupt [sic.] with everything that comes through and I recognize that he’s my guidance through all this,” Bogan said of the county attorney. * * *

Bogan says she’s not dragging her feet, just waiting for a clear green light.

“I took an oath of office to uphold any laws that come through. That’s not the reason. I just want to make sure everything is good to go,” Bogan said.

24-Hour News 8 did reach out to Boone County Attorney Bob Clutter Wednesday afternoon for comment, by leaving a message at his office, but we did not receive a call back.

Bogan says she hopes to get the go ahead on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples by the end of the week. She says she hasn’t had to turn away any gay couples.

[Updated 10/9/14 at 11:45 AM] WISH-TV now reports "All 92 counties in Indiana are now officially issuing same-sex marriage licenses."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 8, 2014 04:59 PM
Posted to Indiana Government