Clerk White to Uphold U.S. District Court Ruling
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For Immediate Release:
June 25, 2014

Media Contact:

​Erin Kelley
317.327.5099 |
​Clerk White to Uphold U.S. District Court Ruling

Marion County Clerk’s Office will issue same-sex marriage licenses and conduct ceremonies

INDIANAPOLIS – Marion County Clerk Beth White announced today her office is prepared to comply with the recent decision by the U.S. District Court regarding marriage licenses in Indiana. 

“Chief Judge Richard Young’s decision on marriage equality sets forth a clear course of action for this office to follow regarding same-sex marriage licenses. It is my responsibility to uphold court rulings that impact this office and that is what I will do,” says Clerk White.

“The Clerk’s Office will be open until at least 4:30p.m. this evening to issue licenses.  I will also conduct short, civil ceremonies on a first-come, first-serve basis for a voluntary $50 contribution to the Indiana Youth Group.” Clerk White goes on to say, “All couples seeking a marriage license will be treated with dignity and respect. Prospective applicants can do some homework first on what the process entails by visiting”

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; 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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