Same-sex couples married at county courthouse
By Navar Watson
When the news broke June 25, Renee Mueller and Teresa Tibbs’ phones rang off the hook with friends and family wishing congratulations. A federal judge had overturned Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage.
“I didn’t think this day would ever come,” Tibbs said.
Mueller and Tibbs, who live in Carmel, were one of several couples rushing in to the Hamilton County Government and Judicial Center to receive a same-sex marriage license. For many, the overturn came as a shock.
Fishers residents Angela Schaub and Dakota Baisa came with their son, Durden, shortly after finding out. After applying for a license, they waited about an hour for a judge to marry them.
Schaub and Baisa already celebrated their wedding with friends and family on June 23, 2012 – two years and two days before receiving their marriage license.
“We’ve already been referring to each other as wife and wife, but now we’ll have a piece of paper to solidify it,” Schaub said. “We have the rights that everybody else has that we should have had two years ago.”
To celebrate, Schaub suggested getting ice cream after Durden’s baseball practice that evening.
Mueller said applying for the license was “simple.” The couple had to provide their driver’s licenses and birth certificates and be at least 18 years old. There was an initial $20 fee and an additional $80 fee to be married by a judge.
Approximately 46 same-sex marriage licenses were issued in Hamilton County after the ban was lifted on June 25 and before a stay was issued late June 27.
Hours after the overturn, Hamilton County Clerk Peggy Beaver joined Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller in filing an emergency motion for a stay that would halt same-sex marriages.
Baisa said she expected an appeal, “because it’s Indiana.” That’s why she and Schaub got a license immediately.
But there’s still a “glimmer of hope,” Baisa said, noting the trend of legalizing same-sex marriage in other states.