Court, AG: Clerks must issue gay marriage licenses

Katie Burris, right, and her partner Evangeline Cook apply for a marriage license in the Marion County Clerks office in Indianapolis, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away appeals from Indiana and four other states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) — The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a mandate Tuesday morning following the Supreme Court’s decision to let the lower court’s ruling on gay marriage stand.

The mandate was received around 10:30 a.m. Dozens of counties were waiting for the document before issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

After the mandate was issued, Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office issued a statement reinforcing the order, stating that county clerks are “prohibited from denying marriage licenses to same sex couples so long as all other marriage license requirements are met.”

The full statement the AG’s office sent to Indiana county clerks on Tuesday:

As an update to yesterday’s message, the Office of Attorney General wanted to notify you that we have just received the official mandate from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.  That means that the stay of the injunction has been lifted and as mentioned below county clerks will be prohibited from denying marriage licenses to same sex couples so long as all other marriage license requirements are met.  The ISDH updates to the electronic license applications will be completed soon.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 

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