Same-sex couples seeking marriage in Ind. could be charged

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Vin Testa of Washington waves a rainbow flag in support of gay rights outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, as key decisions are expected to be announced. The Supreme Court resolved five cases, including affirmative action, on Monday. That leaves disputes about gay marriage and voting rights among the six remaining cases. The justices are meeting again Tuesday to issue some opinions and will convene at least one more time. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Vin Testa of Washington waves a rainbow flag in support of gay rights outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, as key decisions are expected to be announced. The Supreme Court resolved five cases, including affirmative action, on Monday. That leaves disputes about gay marriage and voting rights among the six remaining cases. The justices are meeting again Tuesday to issue some opinions and will convene at least one more time. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. Same-sex couples applying for a marriage license in Indiana could face a charge of perjury simply for submitting the application to their county clerk.

Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey tells WLFI-TV that marriage applicants sign their paperwork under penalty of perjury, so if they knowingly make a false statement, they can be charged with perjury. That's a Class D felony carrying a possible penalty of six months to three years in jail and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

Currently the state's electronic marriage license application specifically designates "male applicant" and "female applicant" sections for gathering required background information. Coffey says that means if two men or two women applied for a marriage license, one of them would commit perjury.

Gay advocates say the law isn't fair.


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