Bartholomew Co. to issue same-sex marriage licenses

Bartholomew County Courthouse (WISH Photo/Robb Ellis)
Bartholomew County Courthouse (WISH Photo/Robb Ellis)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Officials at the Bartholomew County Clerk’s Office said Thursday afternoon that they’d start moving forward with issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

The clerk’s office said they would start issuing the licenses Thursday at the request of a local judge.

Before the order, a group of about three dozen people peacefully protested outside clerk Tami Hines’ office in downtown Columbus. Some of the people in the group were same-sex couples who wanted a marriage license. One of the couples had been together nine years and brought their son. Another had been together more than three decades.

One of the couples had vowed to stay at the clerk’s office until they were forced to leave or received a marriage license.

Other counties were still not issuing licenses to same-sex couples on Thursday, for a variety of reasons.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the Bartholomew County Clerk’s Office would remain open late, like the Marion County Clerk’s Office did Wednesday night. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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