Federal Judge Richard Young has overturned Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage, finding the law violates the 14th Amendment’s due process and equal protection clauses.
The chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana issued his ruling Wednesday in four of the five challenges to the state’s marriage law. He found for the plaintiffs in Lee, et al. v. Pence, et al.; Fujii, et al. v. Pence, et al.; and Baskin, et al. v. Bogan, et al.
His granted the state’s motion to dismiss the first lawsuit filed, Love, et al. v. Pence, on lack of jurisdiction grounds.
“The court has never witnessed a phenomenon throughout the federal court system as is presented with this issue,” Young wrote in his ruling. “In less than a year, every federal district court to consider the issue has reached the same conclusion in thoughtful and thorough opinions – laws prohibiting the celebration and recognition of same-sex marriages are unconstitutional.”