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First same-sex couple marries in Indianapolis

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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Jake Miller, 30, and Craig Bowen, 35, right, kiss after being married by Marion County Clerk Beth White, center, in Indianapolis, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Michael Conroy, AP

Jake Miller, 30, and Craig Bowen, 35, right, kiss after being married by Marion County Clerk Beth White, center, in Indianapolis, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

INDIANAPOLIS — Same-sex couples have begun applying for marriage licenses and getting hitched in Indiana following a federal judge’s ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban.

Several couples arrived at the Marion County clerk’s office in Indianapolis to apply for marriage licenses about an hour after U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the state’s ban was unconstitutional.

Indiana law has defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and the state has refused to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states where it is legal.

Marion County Clerk Beth White offered Wednesday to conduct short, civil ceremonies for same-sex couples who donated $50 to a group supporting gay and transgender youths.

The Indiana attorney general’s office says it will appeal the ruling.

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