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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