Male Couple Receives Dearborn County’s First Gay Marriage License

Posted On June 26, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

(Greendale, Ind.) – Wednesday, June 25, 2014 is a day in Indiana state history that Greendale resident Anthony Ooley won’t soon forget.

Ooley is one half of the first ever gay couple in Dearborn County to receive their marriage license. He and his partner received the license at the Dearborn County Clerk of Courts office Wednesday soon after U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young issued a ruling that Indiana’s law against same-sex marriage was unconstitutional because it violated the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

“Not having to go out of state to get married would be a huge feat,” Ooley told Eagle 99.3 Wednesday.

Citing his boyfriend’s employment as a member of law enforcement, Ooley declined to provide his partner’s name. Ooley, a Salem, Indiana native, said his relationship along with his work brought him to Dearborn County.

Marriage equality is a fight that Ooley has been a part of for several years. He was a member of a gay rights student group when he was an undergrad at Hanover College.

Even after the ruling, Ooley said he and his partner encountered some difficulty obtaining their marriage license at the local clerk’s office. Dearborn County Clerk of Courts Rick Probst eventually issued the license. Probst said Wednesday that he had to await guidance from the Indiana Attorney General’s office before he was able to award the license.

You can read more about the short delay Ooley and his partner faced here.

With a license in hand, Ooley said he is planning for a wedding ceremony and celebration, perhaps in Dearborn County, soon.

More gay couples could be heading to the local courthouses on Thursday to obtain their licenses. Area county clerks reported receiving steady phone calls from inquiring couples in the wake of Wednesday’s federal court ruling.


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