Daviess, Clay counties not issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples

Daviess County Courthouse
Daviess County Courthouse

WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTHI) – After the state ban on same-sex marriage was struck down Wednesday, couples all over the state took action and applied for a marriage license.

At least six went to the Vigo County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon and others throughout the Wabash Valley did the same.

But for some in Daviess County, they were unable to apply.

Daviess County Clerk Sherri Healy stated she is waiting for a direct order from the state of Indiana before she will begin issuing same sex marriage licenses.

“I did receive an e-mail late [Wednesday] from the Attorney General’s office, it was not a clear cut order for Daviess County,” said Healy. The Clerk also noted that she’d received another transmission stating that the Attorney General’s office could pursue a stay; a motion that temporarily stops a judicial proceeding.

Healy stated she does not have the correct state document to issue same-sex couple marriage licenses. The Daviess County Courthouse as of Thursday had not received marriage licenses that were same-sex specific.

On the courthouse lawn Thursday, Shawn Colvin, of Washington, paced back and forth, angry over his inability to obtain the same-sex marriage license. He told News 10 that the county clerk Healy refused his service.

“She told me she would not issue the marriage license because it is non-biblical,” said Colvin. Colvin explained that he and his partner of 13 years, Richie, had lived in Daviess County the duration of their relationship.

Colvin stated that it seemed unfair that gay men and women could serve their country in the military, but were unable to receive the same rights as their straight military counter-parts.

The issue pitted the two parties against one another, and Colvin accused Healy of not following through the federal ruling.

“As far as she concerned its her choice and that’s the end of the discussion,” said Colvin.

To which, Healy responded: “Until we can get a direct order, we have chosen to not issue them.”

“I’m mad, maybe they’re [Clerk’s office] afraid they’re going to get the gay bug or something” said Colvin.

“I have taken this stance that we will not issue them until we get a direct order to,” said Healy.

News 10’s Southern Bureau Chief Eric Stidman contributed to this article, alongside its original author, Digital Producer, Jade Scott.

Full list of counties issuing marriage licenses:

  • Allen
  • Bartholomew
  • Blackford
  • Boone
  • Brown
  • Carroll
  • Cass
  • Clark
  • Crawford
  • DeKalb
  • Delaware
  • Dearborn
  • Dubois
  • Elkhart
  • Fayette
  • Floyd
  • Fountain
  • Fulton
  • Gibson
  • Greene
  • Hamilton
  • Hancock
  • Harrison
  • Hendricks
  • Henry
  • Howard
  • Huntington
  • Jackson
  • Jasper
  • Jay
  • Jefferson (Once forms are update)
  • Jennings
  • Johnson
  • Knox
  • Kosciusko
  • Lagrange
  • Lake
  • LaPorte
  • Madison
  • Marion
  • Marshall
  • Martin
  • Miami
  • Monroe
  • Montgomery
  • Morgan
  • Noble
  • Ohio
  • Orange
  • Owen
  • Parke (Once forms are updated)
  • Perry
  • Pike
  • Porter
  • Posey
  • Pulaski
  • Putnam
  • Randolph
  • Ripley
  • Rush
  • Scott
  • Shelby
  • Spencer
  • St. Joseph
  • Starke
  • Sullivan
  • Tippecanoe
  • Tipton
  • Vanderburgh
  • Vermillion
  • Vigo
  • Wabash
  • Warrick
  • Washington
  • White
  • Whitley

Full list of counties not issuing marriage licenses:


  • Adams
  • Benton
  • Clay
  • Clinton
  • Daviess
  • Decatur
  • Franklin
  • Grant
  • Lawrence
  • Newton
  • Union
  • Steuben
  • Warren
  • Wayne (County is taking names and phone numbers and will call back those interested in one)
  • Wells

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