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Couples from Ohio travel to Indiana to marry

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) – An eastern Indiana county that abuts Ohio issued more than half of its marriage licenses for same-sex couples last year to gay and lesbian couples from Ohio.

The Palladium-Item reports that it reviewed Wayne County records and found that of the 37 licenses issued for same-sex couples, 22 were for couples where both partners are Ohio residents. Eleven licenses were issued for Indiana couples.

That means about 60 percent of the county’s same-sex marriage licenses went to Ohio couples, while only about 30 percent of the licenses went to Indiana couples.

Indiana had a ban on gay marriage until it was ruled unconstitutional last year.

Wayne County Clerk Debra Berry says that because Ohio doesn’t allow same-sex couples to marry “of course they would come to Indiana.”