Halt of same-sex marriage leaves couples wanting answers

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TIPPECANOE Co., Ind. (WLFI) – Just two days after U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago issued a stay. A move that halted same-marriage in Indiana, and left same-sex couples married in Tippecanoe County this week, waiting for answers.

“I want to be equal. I want the same rights as straight couples have. Why not?” said Tippecanoe County resident Rainey Greenup.

“What happens now? Is our marriage legal?” said Greenup’s wife Deb Plaspohl.

Those are the questions, same-sex couples like, Plaphol and Greenup, want answered after the U.S. Court of Appeals halted same-sex marriage in Indiana.

Plasphol and Greeno were together for 14 years before they decided to tie the knot Thursday, but being legally married would allow protection for the couple and their two children.

“I’ve always felt married to my wife, but what it meant was that we could protect our family,” said Greenup. “If Deb get’s sick or something, I could be at the bedside with her.”

Local Attorney Sara Snowberger served as pro tem in Tippecanoe County, marrying more than 16 same-sex couples on Thursday and Friday.

She said she isn’t surprised the stay was issued, and says the decision on whether same-sex couples can wed in Indiana is in the hands of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

“The court of appeals is going to decide whether Judge Young got it right, but I don’t know how long that process will take,” said Snowberger.

The decision was made after Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller appealed to the 7th Circuit. Pride Lafayette’s Ashley Smith believes the attorney general’s decision is affecting more than same-sex couples wanting to marry.

“The sky didn’t fall,” said Smith. “Indiana is still here, and what Attorney General Zoeller is doing is just wasting everybody’s money.”

As same-sex couples across Indiana wait for a decision, Greenup said no matter what happens it won’t affect the love she has for her wife, but said there’s one question she knows all same-sex couples want answered.

“Why can’t I marry the person I fell in love with?” said Greenup. “It’s pretty simple.”

It’s unclear how long it will take the U.S. Court of appeals to reach a decision or how the stay will affect the couples married this week.

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