FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Allen County Clerk’s Office began issuing same-sex marriage licenses Wednesday afternoon, more than an hour after a federal judge cleared the way for gay couples to tie the knot by ruling Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional .
NewsChannel 15 spoke to the first couple to apply for a license at the Allen County Courthouse. Kenny Edholm and Josh Reid have been together for ten years. They left work to get married after hearing about Wednesday’s ruling striking down the state’s ban on gay marriage.
After applying for and getting their marriage license, the two called family members and told them to hurry up and get to the courthouse to witness the marriage.
When NewsChannel 15 contacted the clerk’s office before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, the clerk’s staff was in a meeting figuring out how to handle Wednesday’s ruling. WANE has since learned the clerk has gone ahead and begun issuing licenses.
The Allen County Courthouse will be open until 4:30 p.m., marriage license applicants need to be there by 4 p.m. A member of the Noble County Clerk’s office told NewsChannel 15 they would also be issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Marion County was issuing licenses an hour after the federal judge struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage and according to the Associated Press, several counties are waiting for guidance from the Indiana Attorney General’s Office before they move forward with issuing licenses.
The following counties in northeast Indiana are waiting for guidance from the Indiana Attorney General: