After the U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals in cases from Indiana and four other states, same-sex marriage became legal in the Hoosier state on Oct. 6, 2014.
When the Supreme Court failed to act, rulings of lower courts took effect, thereby legalizing same-sex marriage in Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Washington.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court’s ruling that struck down the state’s ban, but it had issued a stay while awaiting action from the U.S. Supreme Court.
The stay was terminated when the Supreme Court failed to take the case.
Gov. Mike Pence has said that Hoosiers can be assured that he and his administration will uphold the federal court’s ruling.
A group of same-sex couples had filed suit against the state of Indiana, arguing that its ban was unconstitutional because it violated the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.