First Gay Dad To Win Custody Of Kids in Indiana Gets Married

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Indianapolis, IN (WXIN) -- An Indianapolis man, who was the first gay man in Indiana to win custody over his children, is now a married man after a federal judge ruled Wednesday that Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

Earlier this month, FOX59 introduced you to Van Kirby, who has been raising his four children with his partner, Dan, after winning custody as a single, gay father in 1976.

Kirby and his partner were wed Wednesday after U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young ruled Indiana's ban violated the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution. The ruling involves lawsuits from several same-sex couples.

Hundreds of couples lined up at their county's clerk's office to apply for marriage licenses after the announcement was made. The Marion County's Clerk's Office stayed open until 11 p.m. Wednesday, performing 186 weddings and issuing approximately 230 marriage licenses. As of noon Thursday, Marion County issued an additional 63 marriage licenses and performed 56 wedding ceremonies.


Greg Kabel

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