First gay dad to win custody of kids in Indiana gets married after ruling on same-sex marriage ban
Photo (Van Kirby (left); Dan (right)
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 26, 2014)—An Indianapolis man, who was the first gay man in Indiana to win custody over his children, is now a married man after a federal judge ruled Wednesday that Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
Earlier this month, FOX59 introduced you to Van Kirby, who has been raising his four children with his partner, Dan, after winning custody as a single, gay father in 1976.
Kirby and his partner were wed Wednesday after U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young ruled Indiana’s ban violated the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution. The ruling involves lawsuits from several same-sex couples.
Hundreds of couples lined up at their county’s clerk’s office to apply for marriage licenses after the announcement was made. The Marion County’s Clerk’s Office stayed open until 11 p.m. Wednesday, performing 186 weddings and issuing approximately 230 marriage licenses. Thursday, the office issued 174 marriage licenses and married 139 couples.
According to Marion County Clerk Beth White, that the overwhelming majority of marriages on both days were for same-sex couples, although she couldn’t provide an exact count. A manual count by her staff showed all but five couples wed over the last two days were same-sex couples.