Couples wait hours in line to wed after judge rules out Indiana's same-sex marriage ban

Last couple married just after 11 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS - Couples all over Indiana raced to county clerks' offices to apply for marriage licenses after Wednesday's ruling by a federal judge deeming Indiana's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

Roughly 250 marriage licenses were processed Wednesday at the clerk's office, and more than 150 wedding ceremonies were performed.

Although the Marion Co. Clerk's office usually closes at 4:30 p.m., officials decided to stay open until the last couple standing in line by 8:30 p.m. was helped.

In addition to processing applications, Marion County Clerk Beth White had performed more than 30 civil wedding ceremonies in the first four hours of legal gay marriage in the state.

The last couple waiting in line was officially married Wednesday just after 11 p.m.

Jimmy Vo and Sam Long said their happiness was well worth the wait.

"This is a very important moment for the state of Indiana. A lot of people have fought to get us here," Vo said.

In Hamilton County, Greg and CJ Vallero tied the knot after being plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

"What you're seeing is a great outpouring of support from people who have been behind us all along and the court system's catching up today," CJ Vallero said.

For couples who weren't able to get married Wednesday, the county clerk's office is scheduled to open Thursday at 8 a.m.
 

 

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