Plaintiffs in marriage equality federal case stop in Lafayette

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Three couples behind the federal case to have same-sex marriages in Indiana recognized stopped in Lafayette Monday.

Several people showed their support at a rally Monday in downtown Lafayette for the couples.

“It’s been incredible the amount of support and love and concern that people have about wanting to see our family. My family have the same rights as every other Hoosier family,” plaintiff in the federal case Henry Greene said.

Greene and his partner Glenn Funkhouser got involved with the federal case earlier this year.

“We were approached back in March about joining the lawsuit and we graciously accepted it,” Funkhouser said.

Since then, Funkhouser said it’s been a great experience to meet supporters around the state.

In June, a federal judge ruled the ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Two days later a stay was issued, putting a hold on same-sex marriages, but Funkhouser said he is optimistic it won’t last long.

“We’re very excited about it and looking forward to finally one day being able to get married,” Funkhouser said.

Greene and Funkhouser along with two other couples involved in the federal case are heading to Chicago. Tuesday they will go to the hearing at the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to represent the fight for marriage equality in Indiana.

“History is on our side, momentum is on our side,” Greene said. “Out of 30 something federal rulings across the country not a single one has gone against same-sex marriages, so we’re very confident in the outcome.”

“We’re very positive about the outcome. But we know that the state will probably appeal it, and we’ll just go on to the Supreme Court,” Funkhouser said.

Tuesday is already an important day for Greene and Funkhouser’s family, and with the hearing they said it will only be more memorable.

“Tomorrow is our 10 year anniversary that our son came into our lives,” Funkhouser said. “It’s really significant tomorrow with the court hearing.”

The hearing starts at 9:30 Tuesday morning in Chicago.

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