INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Federal Judge Richard Young struck down the state’s ban on same sex marriage Wednesday.
It’s a ruling that created a rush to the City County Building where same sex couple immediately began exchanging vows.
First in line at the clerk’s office were Jake Miller and Craig Bowen. Miller says he proposed by text after reading about the court ruling. They obtained their marriage license surrounded by a crush of photographers.
“It’s amazing,” said Miller, “we’ve been waiting for eight and a half years,” “it’s a validation of our relationship,” said Bowen. “We’ve waited a long time for this.”
Within a matter of minutes they were married by Marion County Clerk Beth White who says she was planning for this day to happen.
“We’re ready,” she said. “The only potential glitch is the way the license currently reads. It says bride and groom.”
Among those in line at the clerk’s office was Rick Sutton, the man who led the fight against a constitutional ban on same sex marriage. He married partner Bobby Owens.
“It’s just an expression that you want to be able to make,” he said, “that you’ve been prohibited from making.”
The concern for some is that legalized gay marriage will be a temporary circumstance in Indiana. Opponents are disappointed by the developments and vow to fight.
“I think it trivializes the institution of marriage,” said Curt Smith of the Indiana Family Institute. “I think it makes it all about adult desires rather than the needs of children.”
But as word of the ruling spread, couples raced to the City County Building and lined up to take advantage of a change in the law that came much quicker than any of them anticipated.
Attorney General Greg Zoeller will appeal the ruling and the governor backs him up on that. But Mike Pence issued a statement saying that the state of Indiana will comply with it.
The office has processed 219 marriage licenses and performed more than 188 civil ceremonies as of 11 p.m. Wednesday. The office did close at 8 p.m., but those who were waiting in line will still be processed tonight. They estimate 75 couples were still waiting. The Marion County Clerk’s office will reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday.