1st same-sex couple weds legally in Indianapolis after judge strikes down gay marriage ban



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INDIANAPOLIS — Same-sex couples have begun applying for marriage licenses and getting hitched in Indiana following a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

Several couples arrived at the Marion County clerk's office in Indianapolis to apply for marriage licenses about an hour after U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the state's ban was unconstitutional.

Indiana law has defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and the state has refused to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states where it is legal.

Marion County Clerk Beth White offered Wednesday to conduct short, civil ceremonies for same-sex couples who donated $50 to a group supporting gay and transgender youths.

The Indiana attorney general's office says it will appeal the ruling.

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