Ruling stayed by Court of Appeals

Two days after federal Judge Richard Young overturned the state's ban on same sex marriage, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Friday, June 27, 2014 granted the State of Indiana's motion for a stay, halting same-sex marriages in Indiana.

Notice Regarding Same-Sex Marriages in Indiana

We understand that in the wake of the Seventh Circuit's stay of Judge Richard Young's decision striking down Indiana's ban on the performance and recognition of same-sex marriages that there are a lot of questions. The Seventh Circuit has set the case on an expedited briefing schedule with the case to be fully briefed by early August, so we are hoping for a prompt decision. However, even if we win, there may be another stay entered pending a possible review by the U.S. Supreme Court. Click here to read the order.

It is our position that all marriages entered into in Indiana after Judge Young's decision and before the stay late in the afternoon on Friday, June 27, are valid. However, that is our position only and may not be shared by the government or private entities that are being asked to recognize the marriages.

At this point, until there is a final decision in our case, there is no general declaration that will be made by a court or the State concerning the validity of the marriages. However, if you were married during the brief period after the decision and before the stay and you have a specific situation where a government or private entity is not recognizing your marriage, please contact us and we will determine if we can assist you. If you wish, you can e-mail me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you very much.

Kenneth J. Falk
Legal Director
ACLU of Indiana