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Indiana couples plan to wed after federal judge overturns gay marriage ban

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New Albany, Ind. (WDRB) – A federal judge’s decision to overturn Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage means couples can legally tie the knot.

Clark County issued a handful of licenses on Wednesday following the ruling and also performed one same-sex marriage.

But others, like Floyd County, are still waiting on direction from the state.

"I'm 65 years old I never imagined this would happen in my life," said Jo Ann Dale. She and wife Carol Uebelhoer have been together nearly 40 years. The couple legally married in Massachusetts in 2008.

On Wednesday, Jo Ann and her pastor tried to get into the Floyd County Clerk's office, but the door closed right at 4:00PM. The county clerk said their licenses were not ready for gay couples.

"Well it's very disappointing,” said Dale. “I know that they'll have it worked out very soon, but it's too bad that the people who were excited about running down to the courthouse and getting their licenses are going to be able to do it today."

Brad and Jeremy Bell of New Albany have been together eight years and held a marriage ceremony in 2009.

"I've always thought Indiana would be *the absolute last state to go," said Brad.

The couple agrees they don’t need a certificate to validate their commitment, or prove their love for daughter Maliyah.

"I mean whether we have a piece of paper or not we're still going to live as that couple," said Brad.

But for now, a little hope. That that piece of paper, sitting at the courthouse, will make that love legal.

"We're hoping to get our marriage license and then go ahead with it and make it a legal marriage on July 4th on our anniversary," said Jeremy.

"To be told that you can't do something for so long that everyone else can do without a problem and now that you can, it's a really good feeling, it really is," said Brad.

The Bells plan to be at the Floyd County Clerk's office first thing Thursday morning.

If the licenses are still not ready, they'll try to head over to Clark County before work.

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