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Marriages on Hold in Indiana

IndianaOn Friday the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay on a judge's decision striking down Indiana’s statute banning same-sex marriage. Same-sex weddings have stopped as of this morning.

The stay comes two days after U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young ruled against Indiana’s statute banning marriage equality, making the Hoosier State the latest to see such a ban struck down in court since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings last June.  In Baskin v. Bogan, Lambda Legal and local private counsel sued the state on behalf of same-sex couples who argue that Indiana’s ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution. 

In his ruling, Judge Young wrote, “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.”

This is not the first time a stay has been issued to halt same-sex weddings. Based on the Department of Justice determination in Utah and Michigan, it is possible that these couples will be able to receive federal benefits.

Same-sex couples can legally marry in nineteen states and the District of Columbia, while 31 states have a law or constitutional amendment restricting marriage to the union of one man and one woman. Learn more about this and other marriage equality cases at www.americansformarriageequality.org

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