Hoosiers react to Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage

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by Megan Trent

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 6, 2014) - Monday was a historic day for Hoosiers fighting for marriage equality and a big setback for defenders of traditional marriage.

Celebrations took place across Indiana Monday following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to take up same sex marriage cases from five states, including Indiana. In effect, June's ruling from a federal appeals court is upheld and same sex couples are now able to legally tie the knot in Indiana.

At a "Love Wins" celebration in Indianapolis, supporters of marriage equality gathered to rejoice in the Supreme Court's decision.

"Hoosiers Unite for Marriage undertook what we thought would be a long, long road about four months ago, and today in Indiana, same sex marriage just became marriage," Chris Paulsen with Indiana Equality Action told the cheering crowd.

CJ Vallero and Greg Hasty's marriage is now officially recognized under the law, as are any out of state of future same sex marriages. Their lawsuit led, in part, to Indiana's law being overturned.

At the celebration, Hasty told the crowd, "We're really speaking for Hoosiers; Hoosiers who needed a voice, Hoosiers who believed that equality was what was deserved, Hoosiers who knew that our love and our commitment deserved to be recognized. So, we don't speak as plantiffs. We speak as married Hoosiers!"

Matthew Myer Boulten, President of the Christian Theological Seminary, told the crowd marriage equality and religion don't have to be at odds.

"In my tradition, the Christian tradition, I follow Jesus of Nazareth who stood for reaching out to those who are not included and ushering them into the center, who stood for the fact that all people can embody the most beautiful thing in the world, which is love."

Supporters of traditional marriage, defined as being between one man and one woman, say the issue is far from resolved.

"We're disappointed that the Supreme Court chose not to accept the Indiana case that was our state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman," says Eric Miller, founder of Advance America. "At the same time, we want Hoosiers to understand that the battle to protect marriage as between one man and one woman is not over."

Miller says a lot still hinges on other marriage cases still pending in circuit courts around the nation.

"We believe that if just one circuit rules that the states have the opportunity to define marriage the way that they want to, like Indiana does, protecting marriage between a man and a woman, that case would then go to the U.S. Supreme Court."

He believes this could happen quickly, saying, " If one of these circuits were to rule right away, then the U.S. Supreme Court could add this to their term for 2015 and we could still get a decision by next June."

By the close of business, seven same sex couples marriage licenses at the Marion County Clerk's office.

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