Emergency Stay Halts Same-Sex Marriage Pending Appeal

Federal Appeals Court Stops Same-Sex Marriages In Indiana

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

Federal Appeals Court Stops Same-Sex Marriages In Indiana

June 27, 2014 Updated Jun 27, 2014 at 9:04 PM EDT

CHICAGO (21Alive) - A federal court has placed same-sex marriage on hold Friday in Indiana, granting a stay requested by Atty. Gen. Greg Zoeller, R-Ind., earlier in the day.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals' stay halts all same-sex marriages in Indiana during the appeals process.

"County clerks will be notified that under the stay granted tonight [Friday], Indiana’s marriage laws are again fully in force pursuant to the 7th Circuit’s order," the Attorney General's Office said in a statement following the issued stay. "Chief Judge Young’s order of Wednesday will not be in effect."

Atty. Gen. Greg Zoeller, R-Ind., filed an emergency stay to appeal a district court's ruling Wednesday that Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

Since Wednesday, same-sex marriages were held across Indiana, though some of the state's county clerks resisted accepting license applications from same-sex couples.

The 3-member federal appeals court's stay brings with it new legal ramifications. What remains unclear is the marital status of those same-sex couples wedded between Wednesday afternoon and Friday evening.

"This is a terrible blow to the legally wedded Indiana couples and their families," Hoosiers Unite For Marriage, an organization in support of same-sex marriage, said in a statement. "We are extremely disappointed that the court has issued this stay, and we are committed to protecting the freedom to marry in Indiana."

There is no timetable on the appeals process.

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