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U.S. Supreme Court takes no action on gay marriage in Indiana, opening the door to weddings

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- No action is action on Indiana's gay marriage law. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the state's case on why same-sex marriage should be banned.

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means gay couples in Indiana can legally wed, but their licenses are still on hold.

Jo Ann Dale and Carol Uebelhoer are married: no debate, no fight, no fuss. They can say that now for the first time in Indiana, after 36 years as a couple.

"It feels really good to be formally recognized as just as good and just as meaningful," Dale said.

"Yes," Uebelhoer said.

"If you had asked me 10 years ago if we would be in this place right now, I'd of said no way," said Dale.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Indiana's case on why a state ban on same-sex marriage should stay in place. That means a lower court ruling which found the ban unconstitutional stands. It means the hold on same-sex wedding ceremonies at county courthouses in Indiana will be lifted and couples already married like Jo Ann and Carol must be recognized.

"Our constitutional process for testing the validity of the statue worked as intended, and Indiana's legal defense has been conducted with civility and respect," said Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.

But in Clark and Floyd Counties, same-sex couples still can't get a marriage license because gay marriage hangs in limbo, like a bill passed but not yet law.

"We're still at a standstill," said Christina Eurton, the Floyd County Clerk.

County clerks don't know how to enact it yet.

"We've tried to contact the Attorney General's Office, and of course all the phone lines are busy, so I'm sure every clerk in the state is trying to do the same thing," Eurton said.

The U.S. Supreme Court also rejected appeals from Virginia, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Utah. It creates an immediate expansion of gay marriage nationwide.

Some are not happy about the prospect.

"I don't think it's good for America for this redefinition of marriage to take place," said Denny Burk, a professor at Southern Seminary. "I think that fundamentally marriage is between one man and one woman for life, and our law sought to reflect that value."

And as conservative groups speak out, Carol and Jo Ann say their fight is far from over.

"We need to normalize things more so that gay and lesbian youth coming up behind us know that they're equal too," Uebelhoer said. "I think there is still a lot of work to do, but it does feel really good."

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