AG Zoeller moves to block enforcement of marriage ruling

Former Attorney General Greg Zoeller (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana Attorney Greg Zoeller has filed an emergency motion attempting to block the enforcement of a federal ruling on same-sex marriage.

On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Zoeller has already appealed that decision. In addition, he filed an emergency motion for stay pending appeal.

Zoeller wants the enforcement of the federal judge’s ruling halted until the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rules on his appeal.

“Until the United States Supreme Court determines that traditional marriage laws such as Indiana’s are unconstitutional, it is premature to require Indiana to change its definition of marriage and abide by this court’s conception of marriage,” Zoeller wrote in his motion.

Many counties were issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Wednesday, following the judge’s ruling. Some counties were not issuing them for a variety of reasons. Read the full motion below.

As of 6 p.m., the judge had not ruled on Zoeller’s motion for stay. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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