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Indiana the latest skirmish in same-sex marriage debate

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Indiana's Attorney General is appealing a federal judge's ruling overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

But for now, unless the judge grants a stay, gay marriage is legal.

It means same-sex marriage is now legal in almost two-dozen states.

Same-sex couples began arriving early Thursday morning at circuit court clerk offices in southern Indiana.

In Floyd County there have been at least 8 marriages, and in Clark at least 5.

Among them, Kyle Spalding and Maurice Mundy, who have been together for 10 years.

"A lot of states are coming to the realization that this is something that's important and it's a civil rights issue," said Spalding.

Pending Indiana's appeal, same-sex marriage is now legal in 20 states - 9 by court decision, 8 by the legislature, and 3 by popular vote.

Part of Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban was overturned, but is still in effect during appeal.

"We're looking at a massive cultural and moral revolution here in the United States on the issue of marriage," said Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

"It's been the fastest-moving civil rights movement in history," said Chris Hartman of the Fairness Campaign.

Hartman and Dr. Albert Mohler are on opposite sides of the issue.

But they both agree that same-sex marriage is likely inevitable across the country.

They disagree about exactly what that means.

"I think folks are going to get over this issue. What many folks already feel and know is that this isn't a big deal. In states where marriage has been granted and in cities and states where anti-discrimination fairness laws have been passed, the walls have not tumbled down," said Hartman.

"Human societies have depended on a stable understanding of this for thousands of years. There are many of us who believe it's precisely because our Creator gave us the gift of marriage as the union between a man and a woman. And tampering with that can only bring very serious ill effects to human society," said Mohler.

Meantime, in courthouses around the country, same-sex marriage ceremonies are quickly becoming more common.

"It's amazing. It might be just a piece of paper, but to be the first one in Floyd County, it's absolutely amazing," said newly married Brad Bell.

Both sides also agree same-sex marriage will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court - and sooner rather than later.

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