It’s been just 4 days since a Supreme Court decision made gay marriage legal in Indiana and it’s no longer the novelty it was when a court ruling made gay marriage legal for 3 days in June.
For example, Cronley Hurt and Joe Cottrell showed up to get a marriage license Friday. They wanted to get married in June and missed the opportunity. “We’ve waited 14 years,” said Hurt, “and we thought that was enough time to wait.”
And yet they couldn’t get to the Clerk’s office until four days after gay marriage became legal again.
“We’re here and now there isn’t a rush,” said Kyle Megrath, who heads up the group known as Hoosiers Unite for Marriage, an organization that is still conducting marriage equality seminars.
But it will soon disband because it’s mission has been accomplished.
And that means there is no need for same sex couples to speed up marriage plans. “They can plan their wedding,” said Megrath. “They can do it the way they really wanna do it and this is just a great opportunity.”
Consider this: In three days in June more than 500 same sex couples lined up to get a marriage license in Marion County. About 450 wedding ceremonies were conducted in the City County Building.
This week, fewer than 50 same sex couples have requested marriage licenses here and there is no waiting.
“When the decision came down on Monday we had more members of the press here than we actually had couples,” Clerk Beth White, “because they finally could say, ok, let’s get married and do it the way we wanted to do it and not the way the courts or others have said we have to do it.”
“It does. It feels normal,” said Megrath. “Marriage is just marriage now.”
And already the first divorce filings for same sex couples are beginning to arrive at the Clerk’s office. There was one filed in August and 2 or 3 this week.
That’s going to be part of the routine, too.