INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Opponents of same sex marriage told 24-Hour News 8 they’re encouraged by the action of the United States Court of Appeals in Chicago on Friday after it granted a stay to stop same-sex marriage in Indiana.
Curt Smith, president of the Indiana Family Institute, said the stay came only about two hours after the state of Indiana asked for it.
“I think that’s good for policymakers. I think it’s good for county clerks who are struggling to know what to do,” Smith said.
However, Smith said he knows the stay is frustrating for couples who are eager to get married.
“That might not be the kind of thing that people in love with stars in their eyes want to hear. But, until marriage policy is settled, I think it’s good to wait and I think the court in Chicago’s decided they’re going to take the time to settle this question,” Smith said.
Smith suspects Indiana residents could have an answer from the 7th Circuit in less than a year.
“These are judges in Chicago, some of the most sophisticated legal minds in the country are making this decision,” Smith said.
However, if the concept goes on to the Supreme Court, it might not be resolved for two years.
Eric Miller, founder of Advance America, also agrees with the court’s decision. Miller released the following statement on Friday:
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals did the right thing today when they stopped further homosexual marriages from taking place in Indiana. This is a victory for the children and families of Indiana and traditional values. Judge Young should have done the right thing on Wednesday after he struck down Indiana’s marriage law between one man and one woman; and stayed the implementation of his ruling until all appeals could take place.
Hopefully the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold Indiana’s marriage law between one man and woman and undo the homosexual marriages that have taken place in the last 2 days. Attorney General Greg Zoeller is to be commended for successfully getting the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to stop homosexual marriages in Indiana. One unelected federal judge should not be able to strike down Indiana’s law protecting marriage between one man and one woman thereby impacting over 6 million Hoosier citizens.