Court of Appeals halts same-sex marriage in Indiana

(File Photo)
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CHICAGO (WISH)  – The United States Court of Appeals in Chicago granted a stay to stop same-sex marriage in Indiana on Friday.

This means county clerk offices across Indiana won’t be able to issue same-sex marriage licenses from now on.

The ruling comes after Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed another request with the federal appeals court in Chicago asking the judges there to put a halt to gay marriages while he pursues an appeal. Advocates for gay marriage delivered petitions to Zoeller’s office Friday asking for him to let the ruling stand.

It’s uncertain what affect this will have on same-sex couples who were married Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.

The Marion County Clerk’s Office released a statement Friday evening saying they will not be open Saturday due to the court’s decision. The clerk’s office will reopen Monday at 8 a.m.

“The office will respect the order coming out of the seventh circuit,” Beth White, Marion County Clerk, told 24-Hour News 8 on Friday.

Hoosiers Unite for Marriage (HUM), which is an organization dedicated to allowing all committed couples in Indiana to marry, issued the following statement Friday evening:

We are extremely disappointed that the court has issued this stay, and we are committed to protecting the freedom to marry in Indiana. Hundreds of loving, committed couples were finally able to join in marriage this week, and we delivered more than 12,000 petition signatures today asking Attorney General Greg Zoeller not to pursue any appeals of the ruling overturning the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.More than anything, this is a terrible blow to the legally wedded Indiana couples and their families who were finally — after so long — recognized this week under Indiana law.

A spokesman for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General released the following statement Friday evening:

The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has granted the State of Indiana’s emergency motion for stay in the recent ruling on Indiana’s marriage law.  This means the order Wednesday by U.S. District Court Richard L. Young, finding Indiana’s marriage definition unconstitutional, is now halted, pending resolution of this appeal in the 7th Circuit.  County clerks will be notified that under the stay granted tonight, Indiana’s marriage laws are again fully in force pursuant to the 7th Circuit’s order.

The 7th Circuit issued the stay approximately two hours after the Indiana Attorney General’s Office – state government’s lawyer – filed the motion.  During the stay of the district court’s ruling, the parties will have the opportunity to submit their arguments to the 7th Circuit in the appeal of the underlying lawsuits challenging Indiana’s marriage law, but Chief Judge Young’s order of Wednesday will not be in effect.

The ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit is below:

 

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