State Appeals The One Gay Marriage A Judge Told It To Honor

Jun 20, 2014

A judge told Indiana to recognize the union of a couple where one partner was terminally ill. The state is appealing that ruling.
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Indiana is asking a federal appeals court to reverse a ruling ordering the state to recognize one lesbian couple‘s Massachusetts marriage.

Federal Judge Richard L. Young hasn‘t ruled on a bundle of challenges to Indiana‘s gay marriage ban, but he issued a preliminary order six weeks ago ordering the state to recognize one marriage, of a couple where one partner is terminally ill.

He also hasn't ruled on the state‘s request to stay that order, so the state is asking a Chicago appeals court to overturn it.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller's office argues the marriage ban has no hardship exception, and that Indiana is no more required to recognize an out-of-state marriage license than any other license.