Same-sex couples welcome equal treatment, flock to clerks' offices for marriage licenses


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INDIANAPOLIS — Hundreds of people are turning out across Indiana to make history as the first same-sex couples to legally marry in the state.

U.S. District Judge Richard Young on Wednesday struck down the state's gay marriage ban, and many county clerks began issuing marriage licenses and performing ceremonies.

At least 200 people were still in line at the Marion County clerk's office in Indianapolis by mid-afternoon. Many enjoyed cake as they waited to apply for their marriage licenses.

Sixty-year-old Rick Sutton says advocates pushed to win gay couples the right to marry in Indiana because they wanted to be treated as equals to other couples.

Sutton is president of Indiana Equality Action. He and his partner of 16 years, 40-year-old Robert Owens, were wed Wednesday by Marion County Clerk Beth White.

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