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Appeals court grants a stay to halt same-sex marriage in Indiana

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CHICAGO (AP) -

A federal appeals court has granted a stay requested by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller that effectively halts same-sex marriage in the state.

Zoeller, tired of waiting for a U.S. district judge to rule on the state's request that he stay his ruling striking down Indiana's prohibition on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, has appealed to a higher court.

Zoeller late Friday afternoon asked the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to stay the order issued Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Richard Young.

Zoeller's spokesman, Bryan Corbin, says the attorney general's office has noted the confusion and inconsistency for the public since the ruling Wednesday, saying most county clerks are issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples, but a few clerks are not.

The status of gay marriages already performed are now in limbo.

There is currently no word on when the appeals court will take up the issue after issuing the emergency stay.

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