Same sex marriage supporters: Tuesday’s court hearings gives momentum

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FILE - In this Dec 23, 2013, file photo, Jax and Heather Collins hug after getting married at the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office. (AP Photo/Deseret News, Ravell Call, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Same sex marriage advocates are rejoicing after a federal judge ruled that any same sex marriages performed out of state must be recognized here in Indiana.

“Certainly there is a lot of momentum,” said Kyle Megrath of Hoosiers Unite for Marriage, “This is a long line of local and national rulings in favor of freedom to marry,” he continued.

Proponents of same sex marriage say U.S. District Judge Richard Young’s ruling is a step in the right direction. The case was brought on by Michelle and Shannon Bowling who were married in Iowa in 2011. They filed suit last year to have their marriage recognized in Indiana.

“It’s all happening very quickly and I take it as a positive sign that Indiana is moving along better than we all expected it would,” said Steve Ulrey who married his husband in Indiana in June.

The same judge in yesterday’s ruling ruled in late Spring that Indiana’s ban on same sex marriages was unconstitutional. A stay was issued in that case three days later, and its being heard in federal court in Chicago next week along with Wisconsin’s.

Ulrey has been with his husband for over 16 years.

“All of our friends, especially when they’ve known you’ve been together 16 years, 20 years, they just want you to be happy,” Ulrey said.

While Tuesday’s ruling does very little right now for same sex couples in Indiana, supporters say legal history is on their side.

“If the over 30 positive rulings local and nationally are any indication of what’s to come, we’re feeling confident,” Megrath said.

24-Hour News 8 put out numerous calls and emails to opponents of marriage equality but they have not been returned.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he will appeal Tuesday’s ruling and says he will enforce state law, which doesn’t allow same sex marriage.

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