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BREAKING: Same-Sex Marriages Halted in Indiana

BREAKING: Same-Sex Marriages Halted in Indiana

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An appeals court has granted a stay of the Wednesday ruling that struck down the state's marriage ban.

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A federal appeals court has granted a stay of a Wednesday's ruling striking down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage, stopping the issuance of marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples and leaving those already married in legal limbo.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit granted the stay this afternoon in response to a request filed by Indiana attorney general Greg Zoeller earlier in the day, The Indianapolis Star reports.

"Without a stay, any same-sex marriages granted now might have their legal validity questioned later if the United States Supreme Court eventually were to rule in favor of states in upcoming legal challenges to marriage laws," Zoeller's filing read in part.

Judge Richard Young of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana struck down the ban Wednesday. The state is appealing the ruling, but same-sex couples began marrying across the state immediately after it was issued.

The Star did not have an exact count of same-sex marriages that had taken place since Wednesday, but said all but seven counties have issued licenses to gay couples. Marion County, which includes Indianapolis and is the state's most populous county, had issued 500 such licenses. The legal status of the couples who were married remains to be clarified.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.