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Ruling In Support Of Gay Marriage In Ind. Largely Inconsequential

Posted On August 20, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

gay-marriage-same-sex-holding-hands(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana is being ordered to recognize same-sex marriages performed outside of the state, but the judicial decision won’t have an immediate bearing.

Federal Judge Richard L. Young issued the ruling on Tuesday. He’s the same judge who overturned Indiana’s gay marriage ban in June, leading to three days of gay weddings happening in the state.

The case which Young ruled on Tuesday was the only one challenging Indiana’s ban still left undecided in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.  Unlike his June order, Young’s ruling included an immediate stay pending a ruling on the other Indiana marriage challenges currently residing with the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

Oral arguments in that case combined with a gay marriage ban challenge out of Wisconsin will be held in Chicago on Tuesday, August 22.

“With just a week to go before the Seventh Circuit considers whether Indiana can continue to ban same-sex marriages, this ruling is another point of light in the fight for the freedom to marry,” said Jennifer Wagner, spokesperson for pro same-sex marriage organization Hoosiers Unite for Marriage.

The Indiana Attorney General’s Office did not release a statement on Young’s latest ruling.

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