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Clerks in Indiana begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Clerks in Indiana begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — County clerks across Indiana are reviewing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reject appeals from Indiana and four other states seeking to ban same-sex marriages.

IndianaMarion County Clerk Beth White said she would begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Indianapolis Monday but would not perform wedding ceremonies.

Monroe County Chief Deputy Clerk Nicole Brown said she expected her office to also issue licenses after the county’s attorney had reviewed the Supreme Court’s order.

The high court made no comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Its order immediately ends delays on marriage in those states and leaves lower court rulings in place.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in September upheld a lower court’s ruling that Indiana’s gay-marriage ban was unconstitutional.

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