(INDIANAPOLIS) - U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young has struck down Indiana's ban on gay marriage. Indiana becomes the latest state to have such a ban thrown out since the U.S. Supreme Court rulings of almost a year ago.
Judge Young ruled in lawsuits involving several gay couples that “in time, Americans will look at the marriage of couples such as Plaintiffs, and refer to it simply as a marriage – not a same-sex marriage. These couples, when gender and sexual orientation are taken away, are in all respects like the family down the street. The Constitution demands that we treat them as such.”
The judge did not immediately issue a stay on his ruling and instructed all state agencies to provide marital benefits to same-sex couples.
The Indiana Attorney General's Office said they would appeal the ruling.