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    Creative Way to Say, 'No' to Equality


    On  Wednesday Federal District Judge Richard Young ruled that Indiana's ban  on legal recognition of long-term, same-gender couples was  unconstitutional. Within hours couples were lining up across the  Cornfield to obtain a license and obtain legal recognition.

    My  life-partner of nearly 10 years, Iohn, and I decided Thursday to take  advantage of the change in status to seek legal recognition of our  relationship on Saturday. To begin the process we knew we had to obtain a  license within our home county of Sullivan.

    This  morning Iohn called the Clerk of Court's office to insure the county  was complying with the judge's ruling. The person in the Clerk's office  on the other end of the line told Iohn that the county would issue a  license to a same-gender couple, BUT the county did not have the "right  paperwork" to do so.

    To  Iohn and I this appears as nothing more than a creative, backhanded way  of saying, "No" to legal recognition of our same-gender relationship  without having to say, "No."

    Other  counties, including bordering Vigo and Knox counties have issued  licenses. The Daviess County Clerk is refusing on "biblical principles"  without a judge specifically ordering her to issue licenses to  same-gender couples.

    Well-known  social conservative Indiana Governor Mike Pence stated that while  Indiana will be appealing the ruling, meantime unless there is a stay of  the order, the state would comply with the judge's order which now  allows legal recognition of same-gender couples. Attorney General Greg  Zoeller is seeking a stay of the ruling and is in the process of  appealing the judge's decision.

    To  me, I would rather the county stand up and just say, "No, we will not  without a direct court order issue a license to our same-gender  residents." That would be better than this backhanded denial of  equality.

    I  did go to the IN.gov web site hoping I could start the process online  and bypass Sullivan County not having the "right paperwork". But  wouldn't you know it, Sullivan County does not participate in the state  e-file program.

    From  the Cornfield, guess Iohn and I will have to wait a little longer to be  treated as equal citizens in our part of the Cornfield.

    By the way, for those wondering why we don't get a license in another county, you must file in your home county.

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