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Same-sex couples begin marrying in southern IN after judge strikes down ban

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William Villegas (left) and Brad Smith were married by the pastor of New Beginnings, a church in Jeffersonville. (Source: WAVE 3 News/Connie Leonard) William Villegas (left) and Brad Smith were married by the pastor of New Beginnings, a church in Jeffersonville. (Source: WAVE 3 News/Connie Leonard)
This map shows where same-sex marriage is legal as of June 25, 2014. This map shows where same-sex marriage is legal as of June 25, 2014.

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Two men legally married each other Wednesday afternoon after becoming the first same-sex couple to obtain a marriage license from the Clark County Clerk's Office in Indiana. Earlier in the day, a federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on gay marriage in a ruling that immediately allowed same-sex couples to wed.

Brad Smith and William Villegas were married by Tracy Patton, pastor of New Beginnings, a nondenominational church in Jeffersonville, after receiving their marriage license shortly before the County Clerk's office closed at 4:30 p.m.

A second same-sex couple obtained a marriage license Wednesday from the Clark County Clerk and got married.

The Floyd County Clerk's Office did not process any marriage licenses on Wednesday because it had not received guidance from Attorney General Greg Zoeller on how to proceed before closing at 4 p.m.

The status of gay marriages in other southern Indiana counties is not yet known.

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