Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

June 26, 2014

Fewer judges available today to perform marriages

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Fewer judges than initially expected will be available today to perform marriages at the Howard County Courthouse.

On Wednesday, when a federal judge's decision overturned Indiana's ban on gay marriage, four Howard County judges had planned to be available Thursday to perform marriages. Instead two people are available at the courthouse and are not taking appointments; couples may wait at the courthouse to see when an officiant is available.

The Howard County clerk will not perform any marriages -- for same-sex or heterosexual couples -- until further notice, as the office focuses on issuing marriage licenses. The clerk's office is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to apply for a marriage license.

As of Wednesday, Miami County and Tipton County clerks were awaiting further direction from the state attorney general before issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.