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Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Protest in Daviess County

Nearly fifty protesters were at the Daviess County Courthouse to protest the county clerk's decision last week to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.
Sydney Leathers planned on being the only protester at the Daviess County Courthouse Monday afternoon.

"I told one friend about it and it just kind of grew from there so I'm happy that we're calling attention to something that I feel is very unjust in the community," said Leathers.

She was surprised by a certain demographic who came out to protest with her and others.

"I saw some older folks from another generation come by and I honestly thought they were here to get into some negative words with us and it actually turned out to be the opposite," Leathers added. "So it was really cool to see people that you wouldn't have expected really be on our side as far as equality goes."

On Friday, the ruling that legalized same sex marriage was put into a stay.

But that didn't stop Sydney and other supporters from protesting.

"I still felt compelled to come out because she acknowledged that she denied people their marriage licenses before the stay was even a thing yet. They were just discussing it but it hadn't went through yet," said Leathers.

The Daviess County clerk's decision to refuse issuing licenses didn't have much affect on one resident from the county.

"Honestly, I wasn't as disappointed as I probably could've been. My partner is from Knox County so we knew they were issuing so we just went over there and they issued ours," James Pirkle of Daviess County said.

James was more disappointed with the fact that other same sex couples in the county didn't get the chance to be married.

"I feel really bad for my gay and lesbian brothers and sisters here in Daviess County who didn't get theirs and didn't get to experience this process, which is why I'm here today to support them," added Pirkle.

Sydney feels it's time for a change in the state of Indiana.

"I think we just need to get with the program," she said.  "I think Indiana is behind a lot of states in a lot of different ways and I just think we need to get in the 21st century and really think a little harder before we say bigoted remarks, elected officials or not."

The emergency stay prohibits any further same sex marriages from happening.
 
The case is in the appeals process and is expected to make its way to the US Supreme Court.
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