US: ACLU asks federal government to recognise Indiana same-sex marriages

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The American Civil Liberties Union has asked US Attorney General Eric Holder to issue a statement saying the federal government will recognise Indiana same-sex marriages done before a federal appeals court stayed the striking down of the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

A statement by Holder would make same-sex couples married in the state before the stay was put in place eligible for federal benefits granted to other married couples.

Holder has issued similar statements for both Utah and Michigan in the presence of similar stays to their marriage bans.

In a letter mailed to the attorney general’s office Friday, legal director of the ACLU of Indiana Ken Falk said:

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US: Indiana judge grants first same-sex divorce

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An Indiana judge has granted a couple the first same-sex divorce in the state.

According to the Indy Star, Judge Valeri Haughton granted the state’s first same-sex divorce to Melanie Davis and Angela Summers.

The couple had been unable to divorce previously as Davis is a trans woman and they married before her transition, which the court last year said left them unable to recognise the marriage in order to dissolve it.

However, that judgement was overturned by the Court of Appeals, who found: “Under the specific facts and circumstances before us in this case, a marriage between a man and a woman that was valid when it was entered into does not automatically become void when one of the parties has his or her birth certificate amended to indicate a change of gender.

“The statute prohibiting same-sex marriage does not apply to the particular set of circumstances in this case because the parties did not enter into a same-sex marriage in Indiana or into a same-sex marriage that was solemnized in another state.”

US District Judge Richard Young last week struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage, allowing couples to begin marrying immediately.

On Saturday, an appeals court stayed the ruling, putting the ban on marriages back in place until the conclusion of the appeal.

Haughton said: “It was a little ironic. Last week I did about 20 marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples and in the midst of that I did what was probably the state’s first same-sex divorce.”

Same-sex couples in states including Tennessee and Kansas have previously fought for the right to divorce.

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US: Indiana Attorney General warns clerks against marrying gay couples

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The Attorney General in the US state of Indiana has warned clerks who issued marriage licences to same-sex couples last week, not to issue more.

US District Judge Richard Young last week struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage entirely.

On Saturday, an appeals court stayed the ruling, putting the ban on marriages back in place until the conclusion of the appeal.

On Tuesday, a federal appeals court ordered the state to recognise the marriage of a lesbian couple as one of them has ovarian cancer. That ruling only applies to that couple, however.

The Attorney General’s office is advising clerks to stop issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples, and to stop performing marriage licences for gay and lesbian couples.

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Indiana Ordered By Court To Recognize Lesbian Marriage Including Dying Partner

A federal appeals court has ordered Indiana to recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple on the death certificate that is issued when one terminally ill partner dies.

Tuesday’s ruling came after the court stayed a federal judge’s order setting aside Indiana’s prohibition of gay marriage as unconstitutional.

Lawyers from Lambda Legal had asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago for the continued recognition of the marriage between Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, who is fighting advanced ovarian cancer.

The women, who were legally married in Massachusetts last year, filed a lawsuit seeking to force Indiana to recognize their marriage. They were granted emergency recognition last month while their case proceeded, in part so Sandler’s name could appear on Quasney’s death certificate as her spouse.

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US: Indiana Attorney General urged to acknowledge marriage of lesbian couple battling cancer

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Lambda Legal has filed papers with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in an attempt to have a stay lifted on the marriage of one lesbian couple currently battling ovarian cancer.

The organization, that has urged Attorney General Greg Zoeller to allow the recognition of Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler’s marriage, has again been met with resistance.

According to Lambda Legal, papers were filed Monday with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on an emergency basis to allow the lesbian couple’s marriage to be recognized in the state of Indiana. Zoeller however, continues to push back and has filed additional papers insisting that the court not recognize their marriage.

Camilla Taylor, Marriage Project Director for Lambda Legal, said in a statement that the actions of the attorney general are heartless and unbecoming of a public figure.

She said:

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US: Indiana court orders recognition of terminally ill lesbian’s marriage

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An appeals court has ordered that Indiana recognise a terminally ill lesbian’s marriage, after a previous ruling stayed all same-sex marriage in the state.

Indiana first recognised the marriage of Niki Quasney – who has ovarian cancer – and Amy Sandler in May, after a judge ruled their was “no reason” to delay the recognition of their union.

US District Judge Richard Young last week struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage entirely.

On Saturday, an appeals court stayed the ruling, putting the ban on marriages back in place until the conclusion of the appeal, also stopping recognition of Sandler and Quasney’s marriage.

However, that ruling has now been partially overturned by the 7th Circuit Court of appeals, allowing the pair’s marriage to be recognised once more.

Paul D. Castillo, Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal, said: “It is time for the State of Indiana to leave Niki and Amy in peace and not subject them and their marriage to any more stress and uncertainty as this case proceeds.

“We’re thrilled that the court ruled in favour of this family as Niki battles stage four ovarian cancer. We will continue to fight until no family in Indiana needs to worry about their marriage being stripped away from them and all Hoosiers have the freedom to marry.”

The court also set a provisional date of August 5 to begin hearing the appeal in the wider case, with a ruling possible before the end of the summer.

Judge Young wrote in his intiail ruling:

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US: Situation for gay Indiana couples married before stay issued unclear

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Gay couples who married in the US state of Indiana before a stay was issued preventing further marriages from taking place, remain unclear about where they stand, as experts failed to agree.

US District Judge Richard Young last week struck down the state of Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban. A federal appeals court later issued a stay, putting Young’s ruling on hold.

For the same-sex couples who married in the three-day period before a stay was issued, it is unclear whether their marriages are legally recognised, and it is also unclear how long before the situation is clarified.

According to the Associated Press, an Indiana University law professor said the rulings “reset” the state’s same-sex marriage ban, and invalidated licences already issued in the state to same-sex couples.

The Attorney General’s office, however; said it was uncertain whether those marriages will be recognised, and that it will be up to the courts to decide.

The first same-sex couple to marry in the state were Craig Bowen and Jake Miller, who ran to the clerk’s office in Indianapolis after hearing news of the court ruling.

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