Bartholomew County to issue same-sex marriage licenses

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Officials at the Bartholomew County Clerk’s Office said Thursday afternoon that they’d start moving forward with issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

The clerk’s office said they would start issuing the licenses Thursday at the request of a local judge.

Before the order, a group of about three dozen people peacefully protested outside clerk Tami Hines’ office in downtown Columbus. Some of the people in the group were same-sex couples who wanted a marriage license. One of the couples had been together nine years and brought their son. They vowed to stay at the clerk’s office until they received their license to set an example for their son.

“We as a couple wanted to show our son that no matter what leaps and bounds you have to make, anything that you put your mind’s possible,” said Cheyenne Mockobee.

Carolyn Cory and Maddy Halloran have been together 35 years. They organized the protest Thursday after being denied their license on Wednesday.

“Twenty states already have equality. We’re moving forward. I don’t know why Indiana always chooses to go kicking and screaming into the future,” said Cory.

Halloran and Cory were married just minutes after receiving their license. They said they were thrilled and excited to have their dream of marriage become a reality. Though they are overjoyed at this victory, they say they’re still cautious.

“I’m just sad my family wasn’t here, but we needed to get it done in case they did issue a stay,” said Halloran.

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Other counties were still not issuing licenses to same-sex couples on Thursday, for a variety of reasons. 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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