Indiana’s Marriage Statute Violates Constitution

ACLU of Indiana Files Suit on Behalf of Secular Group FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org Indianapolis – Indiana allows religious groups to perform marriages in accordance with their beliefs. But marriages performed by a non-religious group that trains and certifies secular celebrants are not recognized by state law — a violation of the U.S. Constitution. “From a First Amendment perspective, it is proper and necessary for the state to allow religions to marry people according to their beliefs,” said American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk. “However, the state law becomes unconstitutional under the Establishment Clause when you say that religions are the only groups with rights to have their beliefs recognized in marriage ceremonies.” Falk said the statute, Indiana Code