Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Positive Gay Marriage Court Outcomes in Indiana & Utah Today!

We received two more positive federal court decisions in favor of marriage equality earlier today, starting with Indiana. U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young ruled that Indiana's state law banning gay marriages or the recognition of legal same-sex marriage from other states violates the U.S. Constitution.

This ruling took place right away, which led to dozens of same-sex couples rushing to their local clerk of courts offices in order to get married. Craig Bowen and Jake Miller appear to be the first same-sex couple to get married today in Indiana.

State officials in Indiana have expressed the intent to appeal this decision. In addition, the office of Attorney General Greg Zoeller has filed an emergency motion for a stay on new marriages pending their appeal.

Meanwhile, the federal appeals courts continue to side with same-sex couples in the state of Utah. An earlier federal court had declared that state's constitutional amendment to violate the U.S. Constitution. Earlier today, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed.

However, an immediate stay was filed and no new same-sex marriages were created in Utah today.

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