INDIANA: Seventh Circuit Court Orders Stay On Same-Sex Marriages

Via Indianapolis’ ABC affiliate:

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a motion by Indiana’s attorney general to stay an earlier ruling overturning the state’s same-sex marriage ban, effectively halting the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in the state. The court issued the stay just after 6 p.m. Friday following an emergency motion filed that afternoon by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller. In the motion, Zoeller says a stay is needed to “stem the long-term negative impact that may be created by hundreds, if not thousands, of same-sex marriages that ultimately may prove to have no basis in law.”


UPDATE: Lambda Legal reacts.

“For now, same-sex couples are once again denied the freedom to marry in Indiana. The emergency order issued by the appeals court not only puts on hold the continued issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but it also prevents continued recognition of the marriage of Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler, who were granted emergency relief early in the case because Niki is battling Stage IV ovarian cancer. “Niki, Amy, and their two toddler-aged daughters need respect as a legal family during this agonizingly difficult time. It is wrong to block the marriages of all couples and it’s a shameful display of cruelty towards a Niki and Amy and their two children whose marriage is vital as they battle an aggressive cancer and fight to be together. Lambda Legal will do everything in our power to win marriage for all Hoosiers. Greg Zoeller will not have the last word, justice will.”