TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Same-sex couples applying for a
marriage license in Indiana, where gay marriage is prohibited by law,
could face prison time for submitting the application to their county
clerk, even if it's denied.
"Applicants for marriage do sign
their paperwork under penalty of perjury," Tippecanoe County Clerk
Christa Coffey said. "So if there is something on there that they know
is false, then they would be eligible to be charged with making a false
statement or committing perjury, which is a Class D felony."
Coffey said two men or two women seeking to marry would trigger the 1997 law.
the state's electronic marriage license application specifically
designates "male applicant" and "female applicant" sections for
gathering required background data.
"In Indiana the law clearly
states that one man and one woman are the only two who can apply for a
marriage license and can have a marriage ceremony performed," Coffey
Those who were to submit false information on the
marriage license could face up to 18 months in prison and a potential
fine of up to $10,000.
"When our government doesn't support us,
the LGB community, and we have all of these gay-straight alliances pop
up, and you have all of these bullying issues, what type of message does
that send to our children?" Ashley Smith with Pride Lafayette said.
really disappointing to see that," Becky Ross with Pride Lafayette
said. "As a member of the LGB community, to know that if I want to go in
and apply for that marriage license to be equal with all of my straight
friends and the other straight people across the state, that I can face
Those who conduct a gay marriage ceremony can
be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in
jail and a fine of up to $1,000.