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Federal judge overturns gay marriage ban in Indiana

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (Jeff Hirsh) -- At least 15 same-sex marriages have been performed in Dearborn County after a federal judge said Indiana's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.
        
State officials are trying to get the ban put back but for now, gay couples are free to marry in the Hoosier state.  Jessica Cummins and Sarah Baker live in Hamilton, Ohio.  But when a federal court ruling made same sex marriage legal in Indiana, the couple came to Lawrenceburg.

"I feel it's important because as a woman, if I want to marry somebody I love, whether it's a woman or whomever, I should be able to exercise those rights," said Cummins.

Sarah Blair, who was married Friday, said, "Well, it's very important. It doesn't matter if I love a man or a woman,  I should be able to love whomever I want."

The demand for same sex marriage in the small Indiana city of Lawrenceburg has kept the clerk's office busy in city court, with calls and people coming in not just from Indiana, but from Kentucky and Ohio.

One big question is if the judge's order allowing same sex marriage in Indiana is put on hold during an appeal, are the marriages still valid?  Lawrenceburg Judge Chuck Evans said yes.  But what if same sex marriage is banned again?

"They're married legally. I don't think that could reverse the ceremony. Because they're married, like that would be grandfathered in," said Judge Evans.

Indiana state officials have asked the federal judge to stay his order.  So far he has not done so.  The state also asked a federal appeals court to overturn the ruling.  Around 20 federal judges in various states have thrown out same sex marriage ban.  The issue is expected to end up before the US Supreme Court.
 
Earlier this year, a federal judge in Cincinnati said Ohio has to recognize same sex marriages from other states where it's legal.  But that order was then stayed pending the appeal.

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