Federal Appeals Court Halts Indiana Gay Marriages


The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay pending appeal of the ruling this week striking down the state's gay marriage ban placing the marriages of hundreds of gay and lesbian couples in legal limbo.

Lambda Legal responds:

“For now, same-sex couples are once again denied the freedom to marry in Indiana.  The emergency order issued by the appeals court not only puts on hold the continued issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but it also prevents continued recognition of the marriage of Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler, who were granted emergency relief early in the case because Niki is battling Stage IV ovarian cancer.

“Niki, Amy, and their two toddler-aged daughters need respect as a legal family during this agonizingly difficult time. It is wrong to block the marriages of all couples and it's a shameful display of cruelty towards a Niki and Amy and their two children whose marriage is vital as they battle an aggressive cancer and fight to be together. Lambda Legal will do everything in our power to win marriage for all Hoosiers.  Greg Zoeller will not have the last word, justice will.”


  1. MiddleoftheRoader says

    Unfortunate, but totally no surprise. Every appeals court has granted a stay, especially because the Supreme Court granted a stay of the original Utah case several months ago. So the stay really means nothing legally, though it will hurt couples who want to get married now.

  2. Zlick says

    I don’t think it puts anyone’s marriage in “legal limbo.” Those marriages were legal when they happened, so they are legal – and just as was the case in Utah – the Justice Department will, if necessary, order the recognition of those legal marriages.

    As a Californian who experienced a comparatively-decent 5-month marriage window before Prop 8 passed, I’m so sorry for and in awe of these couples who must take advantage of a court ruling to get married as quickly as possible to beat a window that could close within days.

    And I know the 5-month window was simply not enough. No window is. Marriage is a serious business, as well as a romantic one. Many couples have been waiting and are ready. But for others to have to play some kind of game show with their decisions about marriage and when to tie the knot is just cruel.

  3. MikeBoston says

    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Not a perfect quote but how many court cases have to be won before the anti- marriage equality folks realized the war is lost and their cause is dead?

    If I were a taxpayer in any of the thirty-odd states that are spending millions of dollars challenging these court decisions, I would be screaming mad that my money was being wasted on losing battles. Any state that continues to deny equal rights will face unending expensive court challenges.

  4. johnny says

    Yes, Emjayjay, it’s very nice to see two regular guys who don’t feel the need to preen themselves until they look like hairless runway models in the latest fashions in order to fit into some pre-designated gay male stereotype.

    Welcome to the real world. This is what actual, real men look like in Indiana. We have our share of glossy, pretty men too, but they’re the minority of gays here.

  5. Rich-SD says

    The Appellate courts have been fairly consistent in staying rulings pending the state’s exhausting their remedies. As one whose California marriage was delayed for 5 years, I can empathize with the couples who must wait longer, but point out to them that if time is of the essence, that it’s a short hop to Chicago, their marriages there will be honored by the federal government, and that’s most of the legal consequences of marriage.

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