In 1858, an epidemiologist named William Farr discovered that married people lived longer than those that were unmarried. Indiana is about to get a whole lot healthier. "Getting married today!" reads a Facebook post of a Hoosier couple who are heading down to the courthouse to get married today an officials announce that Chief Judge Young issued his ruling on Same-Sex Marriage. This ruling come from three lawsuits brought forth by same sex couples seeking equal rights. Judge Young's decision marks a significant milestone for a very traditionally conservative state. In 2011, the Indiana House panel approved the amendment banning same sex marriages in this state. Since then it has been a significant push pull from both sides of the issue. The legislature has been working hard to strengthen the ban while the opposition has been fighting hard to see it overturned. That day is today.
According to the United States District Court of Southern Indiana "It has recognized before, marriage and domestic relations are traditionally left to the states; however, the restrictions put in place by the state must comply with the United States Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection of the laws and due process." The plaintiff's in the 3 lawsuits assert that Indiana's marriage law impedes upon their fundamental right to marry, and thus, violates the Due Process Clause. A whole lot of legal language that basically says that government should not vote or dictate what those fundamental rights are including the definition of a legal marriage. At lease they can agree that the right to marry means you have the right to marry the person of your choice.
Judge Young ruling specifically states that all clerks, their officers, agents, servants, employees and attorneys are prohibited from denying a marriage license to a couple of they are both of the same sex. In compliance with that order, Marion County Clerk Beth White says her office will comply with the decision. She has also stated that she will marry couples for a $50 donation to the Indiana Youth Group fund. That's a pretty fair trade. Now before you hop on over to get your license and get hitched Beth White reminds you that you first need to do your homework on what the process involves by visiting the Indiana Clerk's website. “All couples seeking a marriage license will be treated with dignity and respect." said White in statement released by her office. So celebrate Indiana this is a step in the right direction in creating a healthier and happier Hoosier state. We will all be looking for happy couples posting, sharing and tweeting their nuptials!