INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 11, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Indiana House would end government licensing of marriages in the state, effectively nullifying in practice both major sides of the contentious national debate over government-sanctioned marriage.
Rep. Jim Lucas introduced House Bill 1163 (HB1163) on Jan. 9. The legislation would eliminate three marriage requirements currently in place in the state.
- That individuals obtain a marriage license before getting married
- That the marriage be solemnized by an individual specified by state law
- That the marriage license be filed with a circuit court clerk and the state department of health.
The bill instead “provides for marriage by marriage contract by any two individuals who are competent to contract in Indiana or otherwise permitted to marry in Indiana.”
The marriage contract, which can be used for proof of a marriage instead of a license, must be in writing. ...