LGBT Hoosiers await Supreme Court ruling on two same-sex marriage cases

Same-sex marriages not recognized in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS - Gay and lesbian couples across Indiana are closely watching arguments in the Supreme Court cases, since same-sex marriage isn't legal in Indiana.

Scott Trout and his longtime partner, Jeff Jones, were married in Vermont -- one of nine states and the District of Columbia -- that legalized same-sex marriage, but the Indianapolis couple's marriage isn't recognized in the Hoosier state.

"Our relationship, according to the law, is business partners, basically. Not family," Trout said.

Trout and Jones are like millions of Americans, closely watching as the Supreme Court hears two landmark cases that could lead to an array of possible decisions affecting same-sex marriage -- from leaving in place traditional marriage laws now on the books in most states, including Indiana, to making same-sex marriage a fundamental right under the Constitution.

"More than likely, it will be sorted out state by state, so that this will have an impact down the road, but not immediately," said Jennifer Dropbac, a professor at the IU School of Law.

Observers think the high court will likely validate the law in those states that offer same sex marriage, giving couples access to federal benefits and rights.

Supporters of same-sex marriage laws say that the issue boils down to equality.

"I don't think that Justice Roberts wants his court to go down as being on the wrong side of history," said Reba Boyd Wooden, with the Center for Inquiry.

If the court does leave same-sex marriage laws up to states, Indiana lawmakers won't take action on a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage until next year.

"When it comes to the law, to dealing with the government, we're asking that we be treated as any other American couple, married, straight, gay or whatever," Trout said.

Same-sex marriage supporters will gather at the Statehouse Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at a Light the Way to Justice rally .

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