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June 26, 2014

Judge strikes down Indiana ban on gay marriage

Two same-sex couples receive marriage licenses in Howard Co.

With a little white-out to change “bride” to a second “groom” line on the form, Joshua Day and Brandon Patrick became the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in Howard County.

“We decided as soon as they issued the decision,” Day said, noting that Chrysler allowed him to leave work that afternoon to head to the courthouse. “It means everything. It’s exciting.”

U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled Wednesday to overturn Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage, stating the ban on marriage equality violated the U.S. Constitution.

Day, 27, and Patrick, 20, have been together for nine months and got engaged about a month ago. There wasn’t a judge available Wednesday to perform the ceremony that will officially unite them, but obtaining the marriage license, surrounded by Day’s family, was still reason to celebrate.

“My son has no patience,” laughed Maddie Stevens, Day’s mother, while she waited for him and Patrick to fill out the necessary forms.

Day’s children, Alaina, 7, and Cayden, 6, also waited at the courthouse for their dad. Day’s ex-wife, Crystal Day, and her fiancé were there to show their support, too.

“My kids are very supportive of us,” Day said. “They love Brandon.”

While Howard County decided to go ahead with issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on Young’s decision, other counties were more hesitant. As of Wednesday evening, Miami County and Tipton County clerks were not allowing same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses.

“We’re waiting on the attorney general for direction on what to do,” said Tawna Leffel-Sands, Miami County clerk. “Until we hear back from the attorney general, we’re not issuing to same-sex couples.”

Leffel-Sands said her office planned to continue granting marriage licenses to heterosexual couples.

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