Same-sex couples flock to Ind. courthouses despite possibility of appeal


by WHAS11 editors

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 26 at 5:28 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Dozens of same-sex couples flooded courthouses across Southern Indiana to get married Thursday, a day after a federal judge overturned Indiana's ban on gay marriage.

Kyle Spalding and Maurice Mundy have spent the last decade together. They performed a small ceremony on their own six years ago, but wanted to make it legal. They were the first in line Thursday morning at the Clark County Courthouse.

"Now, are you going to exchange rings?" Clark County clerk Barbara Haas asked Spalding and Mundy.

After a few signatures, they received their marriage license. Half an hour later, Haas went through a set of questions relating to their upcoming nuptials.

"Do you have any objection to God being mentioned in the ceremony?" Haas asked.

"No," Mundy answered.

Then, the moment came.

"We've all come here this morning to share in the joy of the wedding and Kyle and Maurice," Haas said.

Spalding and Mundy exchanged the rings they've worn the last six years, rings now recognized by the federal government.

"I now pronounce you partners for life," Haas said.

Linda Rounds and her partner, Cindy, were second in line. The two said they were ecstatic to hear the ruling and aren't worried over the state's appeal.

"We had our own private ceremony, so, in our mind, we're already married but this makes it legal. This gives us the benefits everyone else gets afforded, so we're excited," Rounds said. "Once you separate religion from it and only look at the laws, it's very clear that everybody has to be treated equally under the law."

And in this moment, for same-sex couples in Indiana, it came true.

"It was great. It was wonderful to see that validation come through," Spalding said.

We checked with courthouses across Southern Indiana, one being Floyd County, where many people were turned away Wednesday with all the confusion of the surprise ruling.

Thursday, we're told several same-sex couples married there and even more licenses were issued.

An important note to any Indiana resident wishing to marry: If you live in Indiana, you must get your marriage license from the county in which you live. However, out of state couples can get a license and marry in any Indiana county.
The state of Indiana has decided to appeal the ruling on gay marriage and we wanted to know how this would affect couples who are getting married right now.

Laura Landenwich, a lawyer for several same-sex couples, said the issue remains a gray area.

If a stay is put in place during an appeal, Landenwich said the state would generally stop recognizing these marriages until it reaches a conclusion. However, the federal government would continue to recognize them, as long as they were initially valid.