UPDATE: 7th Circuit Issues Stay On Indiana Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
Updated Friday, 3:40 p.m. PST
The Seventh Circuit Court has issued a stay on the ruling striking down Indiana's same-sex marriage ban following an appeal issued by the state's Attorney General Gregory Zoeller.
Same-sex marriages will presumably cease in the state pending the stay being lifted by a higher court.
Updated Wednesday, 9:40 a.m. PST
Same-sex marriages can begin immediately in Indiana!!
From the Associated Press:
A federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately allows gay couples to wed.
U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the state's ban violates the U.S. Constitution's equal-protection clause because it treats same-sex couples differently than couples of opposing genders.
"Same-sex couples, who would otherwise qualify to marry in Indiana, have the right to marry in Indiana," he wrote. "These couples, when gender and sexual orientation are taken away, are in all respects like the family down the street. The Constitution demands that we treat them as such."
The clerk in Marion County, home to Indianapolis, says the office will start issuing marriage licenses immediately.
The Indiana attorney general's office said it would appeal the ruling but declined further comment.
Get hitched, guys!!
Wow!! It's Utah AND Indiana!!
A U.S. District judge has just struck down Indiana's same-sex marriage ban! The Indiana and Utah rulings came within minutes of each other!!
U.S. District Judge Richard Young has just ruled that Indiana's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. The case involved five same-sex couples and is effective immediately. The state attorney general will appeal, but for now the ruling has not been stayed. It's unclear if couples can begin marrying immediately.
"The court has never witnessed a phenomenon throughout the federal court system as is presented with this issue," Judge Young's decision reads. "In less than a year, every federal district court to consider the issue has reached the same conclusion in thoughtful and thorough opinions – laws prohibiting the celebration and recognition of same-sex marriages are unconstitutional. It is clear that the fundamental right to marry shall not be deprived to some individuals based solely on the person they choose to love. In time, Americans will look at the marriage of couples such as Plaintiffs, and refer to it simply as a marriage – not a same-sex marriage. These couples, when gender and sexual orientation are taken away, are in all respects like the family down the street. The Constitution demands that we treat them as such."
What a huge day--and it's not over yet! Who's next??!