INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana attorney general contends in a brief filed in the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago that states have the right to decide which out-of-state licenses they choose to recognize, including marriage licenses.
The filing Wednesday by Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office is in response to U.S. District Judge Richard Young’s ruling last month ordering Indiana to recognize the marriage of Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney of Munster. The same sex-couple were married last year in Massachusetts.
Young’s ruling applies only to Sandler and Quasney, who is terminally ill.
Indiana attorney general’s office spokesman Bryan Corbin said in a news release Thursday there is no federal due process right to have a license issued in one state treated as valid by government and courts in another.