Scott and Rodney Moubray-Carrico of New Albany, Ind., have lived together in a committed relationship for 12 years. Rodney is a general manager of a hotel, and Scott manages a department store. In 2010, they combined their surnames to Moubray-Carrico after experiencing challenges while enrolling their son in preschool.
They also hoped that changing their last names would contribute to their son's self-esteem and sense of security by conveying the stability, permanence, and family legitimacy that his peers enjoy simply because their parents are permitted to marry in Indiana.
Because they cannot be married in Indiana, presenting themselves as a family to their son's preschool caused confusion.
Their six-year-old son is beginning to understand the concept of marriage and its unequaled role in defining a family. He knows he and his parents are a family, but he does not understand why his friends' parents are allowed to marry and his parents are not.
The Moubray-Carrico's would like to be able to get married in Indiana because they are concerned that their son is being taught the message that his family is less deserving of respect and support than other families. They also want to have the legal protections on which married couples rely.
In March 2014, the ACLU of Indiana, along with attorney Sean Lemieux of the Lemieux Law Office in Indianapolis and the national ACLU, filed a lawsuit in federal court to challenge Indiana state law banning same-sex marriage, Indiana Code § 31-11-1-1, saying the law violates the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit, Midori Fujii, et al. v. Indiana Governor, et al., was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on behalf of 13 plaintiffs, and is currently pending. The suit seeks to stop the state from enforcing this discriminatory law, to require the state to recognize marriages that have taken place outside of Indiana and to allow same-sex couples to wed in Indiana.
We are in the midst of an astounding point in history when Americans from coast to coast are realizing that all loving and committed couples deserve the freedom to marry.
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