Same-Sex Couples Seeking Marriage Could be Charged Created by kblakeslee on 7/9/2013 3:42:53 PM
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) _ Same-sex couples applying for a marriage license in Indiana could face a charge of perjury simply for submitting the application to their county clerk.
Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey tells WLFI-TV that marriage applicants sign their paperwork under penalty of perjury, so if they knowingly make a false statement, they can be charged with perjury. That's a Class D felony carrying a penalty of six months to three years in jail and a possibly fine of up to $10,000.
Currently the state's electronic marriage license application specifically designates ``male applicant'' and ``female applicant'' sections for gathering required background information. Coffey says that means if two men or two women applied for a marriage license, one of them would commit perjury.