Indiana appeals court rules in gender identity case - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Indiana appeals court rules in gender identity case


The state Court of Appeals has ruled that Indiana's law banning same-sex marriage cannot be used to invalidate a marriage if one spouse later changes his or her gender identity.

David Paul Summers married Angela Summers in 1999. But he legally changed his name to Melanie Davis in 2005 and his birth certificate was later changed to "female."

Davis filed for divorce in 2012 and the couple reached a provisional order granting Davis custody of their child. But a Monroe County judge rejected the divorce petition, finding the marriage was invalidated when Davis' birth certificate was changed and the union consisted of two women.

The Times of Munster reports the appeals court overturned that decision Friday, finding the marriage remains valid and must be dissolved through traditional means.

Information from: The Times 

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