Appeals court strikes down ban
Earlier this month, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld lower courts’ decisions striking down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling, which also declared a like ban in Wisconsin, confirmed lower-court decisions that overturned the marriage restriction and continued to muddy the future of same-sex marriages in the Hoosier state.
Same-sex marriages in Indiana have been on hold since June 27, when U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young threw out the state’s ban, leading to more than 800 same-sex marriage licenses being issued throughout the state in just a couple of days. Four of those ‘ all female couples ‘ took place in Harrison County.
After the June 25 ruling, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller quickly filed an appeal. Two days later the Seventh Circuit issued a stay on further same-sex marriages.
‘The grounds advanced by Indiana and Wisconsin for their discriminatory policies are not only conjectural; they are totally implausible,’ the 40-page opinion from the Seventh Circuit reads.
Last week, the Supreme Court scheduled same-sex marriage cases from five states, including Indiana, for consideration at its Sept. 29 private conference, meaning a ruling could come soon not just for here, but for all 50 states.
The Harrison County Clerk’s office has fielded numerous calls about same-sex marriages and will not issue same-sex marriage licenses until the matter is ruled upon, Clerk Sally Whitis said.