CHICAGO, Illinois -- The day after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand the gay-marriage ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the appellate court today issued the Baskin mandate ordering Indiana to legalize same-sex marriage. This is a mere formality, but a necessary legal move to ensure that the red state follows the law.
The mandate can be viewed below, courtesy of Lambda Legal, a litigant for plaintiffs in the Baskin case.
Some county clerks in Indiana began issuing same-sex marriage licenses on Monday, not longer after the Supreme Court announced its decision. Marion County, the state's largest, started right away as dozens of gay and lesbian couples flocked to Indianapolis to pick up the forms.