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9 same sex couples marry in Porter County

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By JEFF SCHULTZ

Porter County is one of the counties in the state currently accepting applications and issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples after a U.S. District Judge ruled Wednesday that Indiana’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

The records division of the Porter County Clerk’s Office reported that three same sex couples had been licensed for marriage on Wednesday and as of this morning six more couples have wed.

An employee in the Clerk’s office said the application process is the same for same sex couples as it is for heterosexual couples.

An application can be obtained on the County’s website, www.porterco.org, or at the Clerk’s Office Records Division located on the second floor of the County Courthouse, 16 Lincolnway in Valparaiso.

Applications are accepted Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Fees are $18 cash only for Indiana residents and $60 cash only for out of state residents.

Required for a marriage license are certified copies of each party’s birth certificate and another form of state issued ID, such as a driver’s license containing date of birth and current address.

An applicant must be at least 18 years of age in order to marry without special consent. Persons who are 17 years old must apply for the license with both parents or a legal guardian consenting on the application. Applicants 16 years or under must petition the court for a license.

A blood test is no longer required to obtain a marriage license, the Clerk’s Office said.

 

Posted 6/27/2014