Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Jerame Davis clarifies the whole 3 years piece:
Indiana has not created new laws with regard to same-sex marriage and the changes to existing law do not change the legal landscape other than to lower the penalties for infractions of this law. This new concern doesn't stem from new law, but the confluence of a 1997 law criminalizing false information on a marriage application, the 2003 law banning same-sex marriage in Indiana, and the slow-moving modernization efforts, which have been ongoing for nearly a decade (and which has not rolled out to all of Indiana's 92 counties.)For more on this, go here
What the fu*k, Indiana!
We get that you have a ban against gay marriage, but now, you can face up to three years in prison for filing the marriage license application?
According to a 1997 state law, if a gay couple files a marriage license application it will be considered as a Class D felony. And starting July 1st of next year, that act can lead to a maximum of 18 months in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.
And that's not all... This applies to a preacher, a judge, or a city clerk who performs a gay marriage ceremony. They can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, leading up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Folks in Indiana, y'all need to organize and stop this madness.