Marion County clerk's office weds hundreds of gay couples

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The Marion County Clerk's office says it issued 174 marriage licenses and officiants married 139 couples Thursday after a federal judge overturned Indiana's gay marriage ban Wednesday.

That brings the total number of marriage licenses issued by the clerk over the past two days to 424, and 327 weddings. Clerk Beth White says the vast majority of those were same-sex couples.

The clerk's office will open at 8:00 am Friday. Officiants will be available to marry couples for a voluntary $50 contribution to the Indiana Youth Group. So far, more than $6,500 has been raised for the organization.The clerk's office says it issued more than 200 marriage licenses to gay couples Wednesday and the office remained open more than six hours past its normal closing time to handle the influx of gay couples seeking marriage licenses.The office says 186 of those couples were wed in civil ceremonies Wednesday at the office. Two heterosexual couples were also married there Wednesday.

Indiana's attorney general has asked U.S. District Judge Richard Young to stay his order allowing gay marriages as the state appeals the ruling.

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