Nation
    Next Score View the next score

    Judge strikes down Indiana ban on gay marriage

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has struck down Indiana’s ban on gay marriage, calling it unconstitutional.

    U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled Wednesday that the state’s ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal-protection clause in a mixed ruling involving lawsuits from several gay couples.

    It wasn’t immediately clear whether the ruling means same-sex marriages can begin in the state.

    Advertisement

    The Indiana attorney general’s office says it will appeal.

    Get Ground Game in your inbox:
    Daily updates and analysis on national politics from James Pindell.
    Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

    Federal courts across the country have struck down gay marriage bans recently, but many of those rulings are on hold pending appeal. Attorneys on both sides of the issue expect the matter to eventually land before the U.S. Supreme Court.

    It also wasn’t immediately clear what impact Wednesday’s ruling might have on a faltering movement to add a gay marriage ban into the Indiana Constitution.