The First Indiana Same-Sex Wedding

Jim Burroway

June 25th, 2014


From the Indianapolis Star:

Craig Bowen and Jake Miller were the first couple to get their marriage license and be married in Indianapolis.

The ruling left other county clerks trying to figure out how to respond. The Hamilton County clerk decided not to immediately issue licenses, while the clerk in Monroe County went ahead.

Hamilton County encompases Indianapolis’s northern suburbs, while Monroe County includes Bloomington and the University of Indiana.


June 25th, 2014

I don’t want to insult the lovely woman officiating but she does remind me of Maggie Gallagher from the back.


June 25th, 2014


Ha I was going to say the same thing!


June 25th, 2014

Scott & esurience, I thought the same thing, but if you watch the video from one of the local stations, the resemblance totally ends. This clerk/judge/JP (not sure of her actual role) is sweet and wonderful to the couple and clearly understands the import of what she’s doing.

Larry Gist

June 26th, 2014

My husband and I were #5!!

Larry Gist

June 26th, 2014

Yeah her resemblance to Maggie is uncanny – but she is NOTHING like her! Her name is Beth White, she is county clerk for Marion County, which encompasses all of Indianapolis. She is also currently running to become the next State Attorney General of Indiana. She KNEW this day was coming for weeks, and she has been preparing for it. She actually told me yesterday that they thought they would have until Friday of this week, which is when they were supposed to have their software upgrade ready so the application online would read “Spouse 1” and “Spouse 2” rather than Bride and Groom. But, all in all it was a beautiful day in downtown Indy yesterday. After Leo and I had our ceremony completed I came out of the little chapel room and shouted “WE ARE MARRIED!!” and everyone in the room whooped, hollered and clapped! I felt like was surrounded by the ENTIRE LGBT community of Indiana for my wedding day. After the ceremony we had to file the license to make it complete. That cost another $2 – when came out of THAT room, I shouted “AND NOW IT IS OFFICIAL!” again more whoops and hollers and shouts of congratulations from everyone there. Our ceremony was performed by Ms. White, and witnessed by a State Senator and City-County Councilman. Things are changing here. For all the bluster of those on the right earlier this year, trying to enshrine their religion into our Constitution; to the day we had yesterday – it has been quite a year in Indiana!!

Eric Payne

June 26th, 2014

Congratulations, Larry. May you and Leo have a wonderful life together.

Now, for the embarrassing question that I’ll ask (as a stand-in for the straights in your life who may, or may not, have the bad taste to ask), so who’s the husband and who (whom?) is the wife? :-))

Ben in Oakland

June 26th, 2014

Congrats to you and Leo, Larry.


June 28th, 2014

Here’s my glass held high in toast to you and Leo. May you have many long years of happiness and relatively few bumps to impede your progress.

Larry Gist

July 1st, 2014

LOL – sorry for my late reply! On the electronic form we had to fill out to get the license, I am listed as the groom (because I filled my info out first) and Leo is the Bride (I didn’t know his parent’s address or his mother’s maiden name – I had HEARD it but never committed it to memory.) The county is working on updating their software to say Spouse #1 and Spouse #2. Beth White the clerk of the court is determined to update the software even though the stay has been issued as she KNOWS that marriage equality will be here to stay before too long.

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