Same-sex wedding ceremonies continue Thursday

Marion County Clerk Beth White performs a ceremony Thursday morning (WISH Photo/Marcus Collins)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Counties in Indiana that did not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Wednesday may do so Thursday.

On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Some places started issuing licenses and performing ceremonies immediately, others say they wanted to wait for an official OK from the attorney general.

Marion County is among those that did allow same-sex marriages to go forward right after the court decision.

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Officials at the Marion County Clerk’s Office estimate around 225–230 marriage licenses were issued for same sex couples Wednesday. They say that 186 same sex weddings were held. Their offices were kept open late Wednesday night.

The City-County Building had long lines all day after the ruling came down.

The Marion County Clerk’s Office says license services started again at 8 a.m. Thursday. People started lining up at 6:30 a.m.

Lines form at the City-County Building Thursday morning. (WISH Photo/Jessica Hayes)
Lines form at the City-County Building Thursday morning. (WISH Photo/Jessica Hayes)

Officiates will be there to perform civil ceremonies throughout the day. They will extend office hours until 6 p.m. Thursday to issue marriage licenses. 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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