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Marion County, Ind., clerk to begin performing same-sex marriages

Marion County, Ind., clerk to begin performing same-sex marriages
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INDIANAPOLIS — Marion County Clerk Beth White says she will perform short, civil marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples who make a $50 donation to a group supporting gay and transgender youths.

Beth White
Beth White

White’s office also is changing the wording of its online marriage license application from bride and groom to spouse and spouse.

Her announcement followed a federal judge’s ruling Wednesday that Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Richard Young’s ruling takes effect immediately. County clerks across the state were expected to begin issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples Wednesday.

Federal courts across the country have struck down gay marriage bans recently, but many of those rulings are on hold pending appeal.

Attorneys on both sides of the issue expect the matter to land before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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