The Indiana Attorney General's office says same-sex couples who married in the two days after the state's gay marriage ban was first struck down should confirm their marriages were properly recorded.
The Attorney General's office sent a memo to county clerks saying those couples faced unusual circumstances because same-sex marriages were allowed for a short time before a ruling against the ban was put on hold by a federal appeals court.
The Times of Munster reports those marriages might not be legally valid if couples didn't solemnize their marriage within 60 days of receiving a marriage license or the county clerks didn't record them within 3 days.
The office says those couples could obtain a new license and complete the necessary steps to avoid any uncertainty.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is reaffirming his commitment to traditional marriage but says he will follow the law regarding unions of same-sex couples.
Pence said in a statement Monday that people are free to disagree over the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to reject an appeal of a ruling striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban, along with similar appeals in four other states. But he says people are not free to disobey the decision.
County clerks in Indiana are beginning to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the Supreme Court's order.
Pence urges Indiana residents to continue to demonstrate civility and ``respect the beliefs of all people in our state.''
Meanwhile, supporters of same-sex marriage in Indiana say they are ``ecstatic'' about the ruling.
He says same-sex marriages can now legally resume in the state, but he expects it to take several days for many county clerks to begin issuing licenses.
Falk spoke at a news conference Monday at ACLU-Indiana's office in Indianapolis. He was joined by same-sex couples who took part in the original lawsuit challenging Indiana's ban of their marriages.
Among them were Melody Betterman-Layne and her wife Tara, who were out shopping when they got a message from their attorneys, telling them their marriage was once again legal in their home state. Tara says at first she was disappointed the Supreme Court didn’t issue a broader ruling for the whole country. Melody says she was flabbergasted…but excited:
Organizations who have treated us unfairly because they could, because the state of Indiana said that was okay, will not be able to do that anymore – that’s what I’m crowing a little bit about inside today”, said Melody.
Hundreds of same-sex couples were married across the state after a federal judge struck down Indiana's s ban in June.
Those on the other side of the same-sex marriage debate were disappointed by the Supreme Court's announcement.
American Family Association of Indiana executive director Micah Clark says it’s a bad day for Hoosier children:
“This is a strike at the truth that children need a mom and a dad, that marriage is a union of not just any two people but a union of the two sexes", said Clark.
But the Supreme Court did not issue a broad ruling for the country; it simply chose not to hear the cases before it, leaving other cases still in the federal court system in limbo. Indiana Family Institute public policy director Ryan McCann says the issue is still an open question:
“I think you could still see the U-S Supreme Court act on this in the future", said McCann. "I just think it’s unworkable, the situation that we have now, where states are kind of left to not know exactly what the guidance is.”
Two other same-sex marriage cases are pending in Missouri. One is a federal challenge in Kansas City, and the other is a St. Louis case that focuses on city officials who issued marriage licenses to four same-sex couples to trigger a legal test of the ban.
Democrat Evan Bayh says he won't make a run in 2016 for a return to the Indiana governor's office.
The former U.S. senator and two-term governor said in a statement Friday that he hoped his decision would enable others to step forward.
Bayh had previously said factors he was considering included the strong Republican hold on the state Legislature and whether his style of leadership would be effective.
The 59-year-old Bayh retired from the Senate in 2010 but still has nearly $10 million in his campaign fund. He was elected governor in 1988 and 1992.
His discussion of running governor had put other possible Democratic candidates in limbo, including former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg, who lost a narrow race to Republican Gov. Mike Pence in 2012.
Indiana is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether gay marriage should be legal in all 50 states.
The state Attorney General's office on Tuesday asked the high court to reverse a ruling last week by the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which declared Indiana and Wisconsin's bans against same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
Indiana says its case offers a perfect opportunity to settle the national debate once and for all.
Attorneys for gay rights group Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana say they will file separate responses within 24 hours.
The 7th Circuit last Thursday upheld a federal judge's decision that found Indiana's same-sex marriage ban violated the constitution.
A U.S. appeals court in Chicago has ruled that gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional. Thursday's decision bumps the number of states where gay marriage will be legal from 19 to 21.
Thursday's decision by a three-judge panel at the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals was unanimous.
The Wisconsin and Indiana cases shifted to Chicago after their attorneys general appealed separate lower court rulings in June tossing the bans. The 7th Circuit stayed those rulings pending its own decision.
During oral arguments in August, one judge appointed by a Republican likened same-sex marriage bans to laws once barring interracial marriage.
Judge Richard Posner said they derived from "hate ... and savage discrimination'' of gays.
The states argued the prohibitions helped foster a centuries-old tradition.
The ruling sent hundreds of Indiana couples flocking to clerks' offices across the state for marriage licenses, but those were halted when the appeals court granted a state request for a stay.
It wasn't immediately clear Thursday whether same-sex marriages would resume.
American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana legal director Ken Falk says the organization is convinced Young's decision was correct but will wait to see what the next legal steps are.
The attorney general's office was reviewing the ruling.
Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush has been chosen to lead the court as the state's first female chief justice.
The Judicial Nominating Commission on Wednesday chose Rush to succeed Justice Brent Dickson as the high court's leader over fellow justices Mark Massa, Steven David and Robert Rucker.
Dickson announced in June that he would step down as chief justice but remain an associate justice.
Dickson succeeded Randall Shepard as chief justice in 2012. He faces mandatory retirement when he turns 75 in 2016.
Rush is a former Tippecanoe County judge and was appointed by former Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2012. She is the first woman to serve on the state Supreme Court since Myra Selby stepped down in 1999 after five years on the bench.