Clerk White Will Grant Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
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​October 6, 2014


Media Contact:

​Erin Kelley, erin.kelley@indy.gov

Clerk White Will Grant Same-Sex Marriage Licenses



​INDIANAPOLIS – The Marion County Clerk’s Office will immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to the Supreme Court of the United States decision to deny hearing of an appeal of the Seventh Circuit Court’s decision declaring Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional.
 
“I am delighted to once again welcome all loving Hoosier couples to the Clerk’s Office to obtain a marriage license,” says Clerk White. “Limbo for these couples is over and they can expect nothing but dignity and respect from our marriage license staff when they arrive.”
 
Clerk White continues, “We will not offer civil ceremonies as we did in June when same-sex marriage was briefly allowed in Indiana since the same state of urgency does not exist. When couples decide when their wedding day will be, they have 60 days to use their license.”
 
Prospective applicants are asked to research what the process entails before coming to the Clerk’s Office for a license by visiting www.indy.gov/clerk.
 
Hoosier couples must apply for their marriage license in the county where one of the two partners live, not where they plan to marry. For example, if the couple lives in Marion County but plans a wedding in Brown County, they should obtain their marriage license in Marion County. Out of state couples should apply for a marriage license in the county where their vows will be solemnized.
 
The marriage license application should be started online at www.in.gov/judiciary; however, couples must appear in the Clerk’s Office to complete the process before being issued a license.  Couple’s should note the current application asks for “bride” and “groom” names. Marion County Clerk staff have been trained on how to address this issue when the couple arrives to complete the process.
 
Couples must also provide proof of residency and to show one the following forms of identification: a valid driver’s license or state-issued ID card, an original certified birth certificate, military ID, or passport. There is no waiting period and no blood tests are required. The fee for a marriage license is $18 and the Clerk’s Office accepts cash or credit/debit cards. (There is a nominal processing fee for credit/debit card payments.) Marriage licenses are typically valid for 60 days.
 
The Clerk’s Office is located in the City-County Building (200 E. Washington Street, Room W122). Regular business hours to process marriage applications are from 8a.m. to 4:30p.m. Monday through Friday. Applicants should use the Market Street entrance and be prepared to go through a security checkpoint.
 
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