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7th Circuit Court Issues Stay in Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller ( file photo)

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has granted Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller's motion for a stay of the order overturning the state's same-sex marriage ban.  

Zoeller filed the emergency motion Friday afternoon and the stay was issued shortly after 6:00 p.m.  Zoeller spokesman Bryan Corbin says Zoeller filed the motion with the U.S. Circuit Court since his first motion to Judge Richard Young, who made the ruling overturning the ban, had not been ruled upon.

The stay halts the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples and puts the same-sex marriages performed since Wednesday in limbo.  The stay allows time for Zoeller's appeal of Judge Young's ruling Wednesday.  That appeal, many believe, will ultimately go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Marion County Clerk's Office had planned to be open on Saturday but that plan has been abandoned in light of the federal appeals court ruling.  Since Wednesday, the clerk's office has issued 586 marriage licenses and performed 457 wedding ceremonies, though a spokesperson for the clerk's office says they don't keep record of how many of those involved same-sex couples.

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