Judge strikes down Indiana's same-sex marriage ban

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A federal judge struck down Indiana's law banning same-sex marriage this morning.

Ruling on a case brought by several Indiana same-sex couples, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young said the ban violated the U.S. Constitution's equal-protection clause.

Young's ruling against marriage equality is the latest in a long string of similar decisions by federal judges. The last such ruling was issued by Judge Babara Crabb, who found Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. In her ruling, Crabb noted that "traditional marriage" is actually polygamy, not monogamy between one man and one woman, as orthodox Christians and Jews believe it to be.

Like Crabb, Young failed to issue a stay on his ruling, raising the possibility that same-sex marriages could begin in the state. But the Indiana attorney general's office said it will appeal the decision, just as Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen did.

More than 555 same-sex couples married in Wisconsin before Crabb issued a stay on her ruling pending an appeal.

Young's ruling comes at a time when right-wing activists in the state are struggling, unsuccessfully so far, to amend the Indiana Constitution to ban marriage equality.

Ultimately, the Indiana ruling and the many that preceded it will likely be determined by the U.S. Supreme Court.

"It is monumental,“ says Chad Crabtree, an Elkhart County resident. ”I am just afraid that there will be a stay in the ruling. I am excited the state of Indiana is moving forward ... there are other bigger issues to worry about than someone’s intimate affair.“