Federal court: Indiana gay marriage ban unconstitutional

File photo. (MGN)
File photo. (MGN)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A federal judge on Wednesday struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage, continuing the trend of other federal judges across the country.

The judge said the ban on gay marriage violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Marion County Clerk Beth White said her office would be open at least until 4:30 p.m. to issue marriage licenses on a first-come, first-served basis. White’s office is asking for a voluntary $50 donation to the Indiana Youth Group for a short civil ceremony.

Jake Miller and Craig Bowen quickly married at the clerk’s office in Indianapolis.

Jake Miller and Craig Bowen wed at the Marion Count Clerk’s Office, shortly after a judge struck down Indiana’s ban on gay marriage. (WISH Photo/Jim Shella)
Jake Miller and Craig Bowen wed at the Marion Count Clerk’s Office, shortly after a judge struck down Indiana’s ban on gay marriage. (WISH Photo/Jim Shella)

“In time, Americans will look at the marriage of couples such as plaintiffs, and refer to it simply as marriage — not a same-sex marriage,” Judge Richard Young said in his ruling.

Young pointed out in his ruling that every federal judge who has been presented the same-sex marriage issue in less than a year has reached the same conclusion he did.

Previous statements from the parties involved in the case indicate this decision is likely to be appealed.

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