Couples from Ohio travel to Indiana to marry

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RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — An eastern Indiana county that abuts Ohio issued more than half of its marriage licenses for same-sex couples last year to gay and lesbian couples from Ohio.

The Palladium-Item reports that it reviewed Wayne County records and found that of the 37 licenses issued for same-sex couples, 22 were for couples where both partners are Ohio residents. Eleven licenses were issued for Indiana couples.

That means about 60 percent of the county’s same-sex marriage licenses went to Ohio couples, while only about 30 percent of the licenses went to Indiana couples.

Indiana had a ban on gay marriage until it was ruled unconstitutional last year.

Wayne County Clerk Debra Berry says that because Ohio doesn’t allow same-sex couples to marry “of course they would come to Indiana.” 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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