Beth White, the Indiana County Clerk who immediately started issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples after the state's law banning same-sex marriage was deemed unconstitutional, gave a local LGBT youth group a check for $9,808 yesterday. The money was collected as "payment" by officiants for performing marriage ceremonies while it was legal in the Hoosier state.
White, a longtime LGBT ally, is the Marion County Clerk (Indianapolis) and is currently running for Secretary of State. The clerk's office issued 586 licenses and married 457 couples for the two days that marriage was possible.
After Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced yesterday that he had directed state agencies not to honor any marriages performed in the state during that time period, White once again stood up for the rights of LGBT couples.
"Governor Pence's decision not to recognize the legal unions of hundreds of same-sex couples is disheartening and disappointing," she said in an e-mailed statement. "As Clerk of Marion County, I was proud our office was able to issue these licenses and officiate over 450 weddings for couples, many of whom have been in loving committed relationships for decades. Governor Pence owes these couples an explanation on why he continues to deem them as second class citizens. They legally obtained their license, paid the requisite fee and should be entitled to the same rights and privileges the rest of us enjoy."
White, the first person to perform a same-sex marriage in Indiana, is also one of the first candidates for statewide office who supports marriage equality. Vi Simpson, a longtime state senator and Lt Governor candidate in 2012, also supported LGBT civil rights. The gubernatorial candidate, John Gregg, did not.
You can donate to White's campaign here. Her opponent, current Secretary of State Connie Lawson, is not supportive of LGBT civil rights.