INDIANAPOLIS - One day after a federal judge nullified Indiana's same-sex marriage ban, supporters were celebrating the increasing numbers of counties issuing marriage licenses, while opponents gathered themselves for an appeal.
In Bartholomew County, supporters joined a group of gay couples hoping to get married in an impromptu protest after clerk Tami Hines said she would not issue marriage licenses.
"I want to be the first one that they say, OK, we're going to do this," said Cheyenne Mockobee, who waited in line with her partner Christina Reeves and their year-and-a-half old son Jagger. "I'm very committed, and I told them I'll stand here all day. And if I don't get it today I'll be back in the morning and I'm going to stand here all day tomorrow. I'm going to stand here until either they strike it down or I get my marriage license."
Eventually, several judges entered the clerk's office, apparently filing documents authorizing Hines to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
"[Hine's] not a lawyer, and so she may not be able to understand all the nuances as well as the judges could," said Judge Stephen Heimann.
Hines told us that she was just following the law.
"I'm following the law. I'm an elected official and the law today, as I understand it, is that I am to issue same-sex marriage licenses," Hines said. "And we are doing that."
Back in Indianapolis, it remained unclear how lawmakers planned to move forward with a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Some political insiders, however, suggested Republican lawmakers might be happy to have the issue out of their hands.
"If you're a Republican and you can't stand this issue, you're the happiest person on the planet now, because a federal judge has just taken this off of your plate," said Abdul-Hakim Shabazz.
While Attorney General Greg Zoeller did file an emergency motion to stay the ruling pending an appeal, Republican leaders – who have majorities in both houses – haven't said how they court ruling will impact the proposes constitutional marriage ban.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence said he supports Zoeller's decision to appeal the case, but that he "believes in the rule of law."
"We as a state, as an administration, are making efforts to comply with the court's decision and to make sure the administration of state government reflects that decision, even while we support the appeal and still hold out hope that the people of Indiana and the state of Indiana will be able to make this decision for the residents of our state in the future," Pence said.
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