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Fri July 11, 2014

ACLU of Indiana Asks Eric Holder to Make Same-Sex Married Couples Eligible For Federal Benefits

Earlier this year, same-sex couples in Southern Indiana filed a lawsuit challenging the state's ban. Their case was dismissed, but a federal judge struck down the state's ban in a ruling on other cases. The ruling was later stayed.
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

  INDIANAPOLIS — Attorneys are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step in on behalf of hundreds of same-sex couples who were wed before a federal appeals court stayed an order striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban.

Friday's move by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana comes the same week that Gov. Mike Pence's office said the state wouldn't recognize the same marriages.

ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk says in a letter to Holder that the marriages performed from June 25 to June 27 are valid and can't be retroactively voided by the state.

Falk also asks Holder to issue a statement that the federal government will recognize the marriages as he did in Utah and Michigan, which would make Indiana's couples eligible for federal benefits for married couples.