-- — A federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on marriage for same-sex couples today on the grounds that it violated due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The ruling came in three same-sex marriage lawsuits brought before U.S. District Judge Richard Young, including a case on behalf of 13 plaintiffs brought March 14 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, private attorney Sean Lemieux of Lemieux Law Office, Indianapolis, and the National ACLU.
Ken Falk, ACLU of Indiana legal director, said, "We are ecstatic that the court recognized what we have always maintained: That there is simply no justification for treating same-sex couples any differently than other loving couples of opposite genders."
"Thanks to the decision of Judge Young, Hoosier couples and their children no longer have to wait for their families to be accorded the rights and dignity that only come with marriage," said Jane Henegar, ACLU of Indiana executive director. "Marriage is a commitment, declared privately and publicly, to love and honor and be responsible to and for each other. Same-sex couples want marriage, and finally marriage is possible in Indiana."
The ruling, Midori Fujii, et al. v. Indiana Governor, et al., Cause No. 1:14-cv-00404-RLY-TAB,was entered in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, on June 25, 2014.