Couple says same-sex stay doesn't change their relationship
The roller coaster ride of the state's stance on same-sex marriage continues.
This week, the state ruled that marriages performed last month will not be recognized.
Bartholomew County's first same-sex couple to be married calls this week's decision a disappointment, but says that nothing could change how they feel for one another.
Christina and Cheyenne Mockobee have dated since October of 2009. Two weeks ago, on Thursday, June 26, the couple exchanged vows in the Bartholomew County Courthouse.
Even with the state's ban on same-sex marriages lifted, getting married proved to be a challenge.
"We went to the courthouse and they told us no and I was, like, 'Well, I'm going to stand here until I get my marriage license,' and we stood there for five hours," Cheyenne told Eyewitness News.
During that time, complete strangers packed the courthouse lawn to protest for the couple. A man from Oregon even called in to pay for their dinner. Five hours later, the couple legally wed.
"I think it kind of set in for me that night when we cut into our wedding cake," Cheyenne said.
"Not me. I think waking up and realizing everything that had happened it was, like, 'Okay, we did this. We really did this'," Christina said.
After five years together, they crossed off the biggest step in their relationship.
"She has the go to work ethic and I have to stay at home mom ethic," Cheyenne laughed.
"We just clicked. It's like each of us had what the other one was lacking," Christina said.
But now, the state won't accept the very piece of paper it gave them that recognizes their marriage.
"We finally felt like this state that we were born into and that we both live in was recognizing our relationship for our family and then turn around and take that away? That's gut wrenching and that's not fair, because we did it legally," Cheyenne said.
Now they wait to hear what's next, while vowing to fight for their right to be a family in the state's eyes.
A spokesperson for the Indiana division of the ACLU says that at this time they're still reviewing all the paperwork to decide how they will proceed with those marriages that were performed before the stay was issued.