Same-sex couples seeking marriage could be charged

Same-sex couples seeking marriage could be charged

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Same-sex couple Jacques Hurtado (L) and Ismael Ramirez-Hurtado pose after they were married on July 1, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted California's ban on same-sex marriages just three days after the Supreme Court ruled that supporters of the ban, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the high court. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 2:02 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Same-sex couples applying for a marriage license in Indiana could face a charge of perjury simply for submitting the application to their county clerk.  
 
Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey tells WLFI-TV (http://bit.ly/172j2bg) that marriage applicants sign their paperwork under penalty of perjury, so if they knowingly make a false statement, they can be charged with perjury. That's a Class D felony carrying a possible penalty of six months to three years in jail and a possible fine of up to $10,000.
 
Currently the state's electronic marriage license application specifically designates "male applicant" and "female applicant" sections for gathering required background information. Coffey says that means if two men or two women applied for a marriage license, one of them would commit perjury.
 
Gay advocates say the law isn't fair.

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