IN Attorney General: county clerks required by law to issue same-sex marriage licenses

The Indiana Attorney General's office says Monday's ruling by the Supreme Court means that county clerks will be required by federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says his office will communicate with county clerks in order to minimize any confusion as a result of the high court's decision.

Currently, Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties are issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples. Spencer County is accepting appointments.  Posey, Gibson, Pike, Dubois and Perry Counties tell us they are waiting to do anything until they hear from the state.

The AG's office says there are still legal challenges pending in the 6th Circuit and 9th Circuit to marriage laws of other states, and it's possible that the U.S. Supreme Court could consider an appeal of one of those marriage cases yet this term or in a future term.

"Our nation and all sides involved needed a conclusive Supreme Court ruling to bring finality to the legal question of state authority to adhere to the traditional definition of marriage. Although it is unfortunate the Court did not accept the question and has again left states stuck in the limbo of uncertainty, ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court will have the final word on the subject of state authority to regulate marriage. Strong opinions exist on all sides of this issue but we continue to urge Hoosiers to show respect for the Court, the attorneys, the county clerks and the rule of law while this complicated process plays out," says Indiana Attorney General, Greg Zoeller.

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