TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Same-sex couples can now apply for marriage licenses in Tippecanoe County.
“It’s a day that we’ve been waiting for for a long time to be able publicly have our relationship validated and to be able to get access to all the benefits and privileges and responsibilities that marriage brings,” Dan Peo said after marrying Douglas Taylor.
However, before Peo and Taylor said “I do” they were denied a marriage license.
“We got here at eight o’clock and then right away got that certificate, so it was pretty disheartening,” Peo said. “It’s been a little bit of an emotional roller coaster today. When they made the announcement a few minutes ago, we were the first ones to get in there and we just got married.”
That announcement was that an order had been issued around 9:30 Thursday morning allowing Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey to modify the marriage license and change “bride” and “groom” to “applicant one” and “applicant two” for same-sex couples.
“I’ve been working with Judge Daniel of the Circuit Court and he entered an order directing that I have the authority to modify the petition since the state has not acted yet,” Coffey said.
It was a change several couples were waiting for so they could finally wed.
“I found chalk written across the whole driveway, ‘Will you marry me?’ We’ve been together for 30 years so it’s time to tie the knot,” Jim Mailloux said about his relationship with Jim Smith. “We’ve just been waiting on it for a long time.”
For Peo and Taylor, it’s a day they’re going to celebrate.
“We’re going to a Cubs game later. Go cubbies! Lots of happy years together,” Peo said.