Clerks Holding Off On Issuing More Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Sep 5, 2014

Many clerks say the couples who got married in June are in limbo enough, as they wait for a higher court to decide the case.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Clerks across Indiana are waiting for word on whether the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban will again be stayed. But until then, they’re choosing on their own how to proceed.

In Marion County, Clerk Beth White – a supporter of same-sex marriage – nonetheless says she’ll wait for definitive word about what rights, if any, the decision gives her office.

She says she had to turn away one couple shortly after Thursday’s ruling was announced.

"They were very understanding," White says. "I was glad they were here. We welcomed them, helped them, just indicated what was happening for them to know. I told them to come back as soon as they hear and we will accommodate them."

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, which represents the plaintiffs in the case against Indiana’s and Wisconsin’s gay marriage bans, has advised that it believes the stay which stopped gay marriages after only a couple days in June will remain in place until a higher court – perhaps the U.S. Supreme Court – can hear the case.