They Were Indiana's First Legal Same-Sex Married Couple. Now, They Wait
Jake Miller (left) and Craig Bowen after they were married on June 25 (image courtesy of Indianapolis Monthly)
What it is supposed to do, Miller believes, is find what many other federal courts have found, that the government cannot legally bar same-sex couples from the same marriage rights held by opposite sex couples. The appeal before the 7th Circuit combines cases from Indiana and Wisconsin, but similar hearings have already been heard by federal appeals court in other parts of the country. There is a chance the U.S. Supreme Court could accept another marriage case before the 7th Circuit rules on this one. "My confidence is pretty high that, in the end, this will all turn out in favor of equality," Miller said.
The first same sex couple to be legally married in Indiana, when it was legal, is taking life one day at a time, even though the federal appeals court hearing on marriage could affect their lives permanently. My conversation with Jake Miller, who married his partner Craig Bowen on June 25.