This sounds just crazy to me.
Beginning July 2014, same-sex couples seeking marriage in the state can face serious time.
On July 1 of next year, same-sex couples applying for a marriage license in Indiana will have committed a felony punishable by 18 months in prison an a $10,000 fine. The new crime stems from the revival of a1997 law forbidding false information on a marriage license as a Class D felony. It will also make it a Class B misdemeanor -- punishable by up to 180 days in a jail and a maximum fine of $1,000 -- for clergy, judges, and others to perform a same-sex marriage.
The New Civil Rights Movement explains how the new rule works:
Because Indiana marriage license forms have a space for “male applicant” and “female applicant”, any same-sex couple filling out the form would automatically violate the law. The harsh penalties Indiana lawmakers have approved make it difficult for protest movements like the Campaign for Southern Equality’s “ We Do” Campaign, which encourages same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses as a protest in states that prohibit same-sex marriages.
Sneaky! And mean!
I lived in Indiana for 5 years, a long time back. I was miserable there. Moved 2000 miles to make a new start. Glad I did. I feel bad for people who live in places where they are unwelcome and scapegoated.