Supporters of gay marriage celebrated in Indiana on Thursday after a federal appeals court upheld a ruling that the state's ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional. But many took a cautious approach to the ruling, noting the legal fight is far from over.
Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.
Attorneys are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step in on behalf of hundreds of same-sex couples who were wed before a federal appeals court stayed an order striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's office is telling state agencies act as if no gay marriages had been performed last month during three days following a federal court order that found the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday night stopped county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a move that throws hundreds of unions performed over the past two days into limbo.
A federal judge has overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, leaving open the door for gay couples to marry immediately. By the end of the day, more than 180 same-sex couples had been married in Marion County.