Same-sex marriage in Indiana halted, second motion for stay granted

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (June 27, 2014)– Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed another motion for stay following a  judge’s decision overturning the state’s same-sex marriage ban Friday.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Richard Young overturned Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage. Zoeller immediately announced his intention to appeal and filed a motion to stay.

The district court has not yet responded, and Zoeller so filed a second motion to stay with a higher court: US 7th Court of Appeals in Chicago.

You can read the motion for stay here: State’s emergency motion for stay – 7thCircuit

Not long after the motion was filed, the ACLU confirmed to FOX59 that the motion for stay was granted, effectively halting same-sex marriages in Indiana.

The Marion County Clerk’s office says they will not be issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday, and will continue to not issue them until they hear differently from the County attorney. They were going to have special hours on Saturday to issue marriage licenses, but they have cancelled those hours.

You can read the US 7th Court of Appeals’ decision here: Motion for stay granted by US 7th Circuit

Statement from Bryan Corbin, Public Information Officer for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General:

“The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has granted the State of Indiana’s emergency motion for stay in the recent ruling on Indiana’s marriage law.  This means the order Wednesday by U.S. District Court Richard L. Young, finding Indiana’s marriage definition unconstitutional, is now halted, pending resolution of this appeal in the 7th Circuit.  County clerks will be notified that under the stay granted tonight, Indiana’s marriage laws are again fully in force pursuant to the 7th Circuit’s order.”

“The 7th Circuit issued the stay approximately two hours after the Indiana Attorney General’s Office – state government’s lawyer – filed the motion.  During the stay of the district court’s ruling, the parties will have the opportunity to submit their arguments to the 7th Circuit in the appeal of the underlying lawsuits challenging Indiana’s marriage law, but Chief Judge Young’s order of Wednesday will not be in effect.”

Statement from Hoosiers Unite for Marriage Coordinator Kyle Megrath:

“We are extremely disappointed that the court has issued this stay, and we are committed to protecting the freedom to marry in Indiana. Hundreds of loving, committed couples were finally able to join in marriage this week, and we delivered more than 12,000 petition signatures today asking Attorney General Greg Zoeller not to pursue any appeals of the ruling overturning the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

“More than anything, this is a terrible blow to the legally wedded Indiana couples and their families who were finally — after so long — recognized this week under Indiana law.”

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