A federal appeals court issued an emergency stay on Friday, which has attempted to stop same-sex marriages in Indiana. This is pending the conclusion of an appeal of a federal judge’s ruling which decided the Hoosier state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.
The Indiana Attorney General turned to the United States Court of Appeals, located in Chicago, in an effort to prevent same-sex marriages that had been conducted all over the state since a federal judge struck down Indiana’s veto on gay marriage.
The Attorney General filed a request in a U.S. District Court on Wednesday for a stay of Judge Richard Young’s ruling. It had paved the way for hundreds of same-sex marriages to be able to go through.
On Friday, the attorney general’s office stated they had turned to the appeals court because Young had refused to rule on their request for a stay. In a statement that was released by the Attorney General’s office, it read that they had expected the judge to rule on the request instantly but that had failed to happen. So on Friday, the Attorney General’s Office decided to file a separate emergency motion for stay in a higher court, which was the Court of Appeals located in Chicago.
In its filing, the Indiana state attorney explained that without any kind of stay, same-sex marriages granted at the present time could possibly have their legal authority questioned later if the United States Supreme Court in time were to rule in favor of states in impending legal challenges to marriage laws.
The AG’s release said that if the emergency motion for a stay were approved, the traditional marriage definition law would be restored and same-sex marriages would return to not being granted in Indiana.
Hoosier officials wanted a federal judge to put on hold his own ruling Wednesday which struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Young’s ruling supposedly affected specifically five counties in Indiana. Young’s ruling was on the same day that a federal appeals court struck down the state of Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. In the meantime, the Marion County Clerk’s Office had handled nearly 90 marriage license applications and conducted over 60 wedding ceremonies by 6 p.m.
In Vanderburgh County, Michael Schaefer and his partner were the very first couple in line for a marriage license after Judge Young issued his ruling. Schaefer stated that to people who think that it’s a religious matter; both he and his partner were Christians. He said they each believed in God, and it was more than just about religion. It was about treating people fairly, and that was what they were happy about.
Another couple who had been together over 25 years explained that their teenage daughter, age 16, was thrilled that her family was now legally recognized in the state of Indiana. However that apparently may not last very long. A federal appeals court issued an emergency stay on Friday, which has attempted to stop same-sex marriages in Indiana. This is pending the conclusion of an appeal of a federal judge’s ruling which decided the Hoosier state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.
By Kimberly Ruble