Clark County, Ind. issues several same-sex marriage licenses aft - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Clark County, Ind. issues several same-sex marriage licenses after ban lifted

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The ruling overturning Indiana's ban on same-sex stands, but so far, not many same-sex couples in southern Indiana are rushing to get their marriage licenses.

Clark County Clerk Barbara Haas says several couples received marriage licenses Monday afternoon, shortly after she was notified of the ruling.

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 in June which found the ban unconstitutional stands.

Haas says she processed 28 marriage license applications for same-sex couples in the span of just a few days before that ruling was put on hold. She says she expected more couples to rush to the clerk's office this time around.

"I was a bit surprised this morning," she said. "I thought maybe yesterday the word hadn't got out yet. This morning I thought we'd have people waiting. However, I think they're being cautious this time because last time they jumped out there and spent money and then they were in limbo for such a period of time not knowing whether they were married or not."

Right now the options are only male and female or bride and groom. Haas says she has been crossing those out for same-sex couples and has been writing "applicant one" and "applicant two" instead.

At last check-- she says the software has not been updated.

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