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Rally for same-sex marriage rights, Monday on the Courthouse Green.

Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Pluto Brand joins about 30 other people in a rally in support of same-sex marriage on the Courthouse Green on Monday.

Gay-marriage rally takes aim at Zoeller

Much like Thursday, there were rainbow flags, peace symbols and signs.

But unlike Thursday, in which the gathering was more celebratory, Monday's rally on the Courthouse Green had an aura of protestation.

Add to that a hint of frustration.

“He's supposed to be defending the Constitution, so why isn't he?” said Pluto Brand.

“Why is he defending religion and not the Constitution?”

The “he” Brand referred to is Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, whose attempt to at least temporarily halt gay marriage throughout the state proved successful over the weekend.

On Friday, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago issued an order to stay a judge's previous ruling days earlier that Indiana's prohibition on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

Brand and others were out celebrating the striking down of the same-sex marriage ban this past Thursday, all while same-sex couples flooded the Allen County Courthouse getting marriage licenses.

Monday the rally, while peaceful, was more specifically directed at Zoeller.

Brand held a sign that said Zoeller could “Join The Rest Of The Bigots On The Wrong Side Of History.”

Others held signs that read: “Marriage for all;” “Our love will outlast your hate;” and “Don't hate my love.”

Roughly 30 people showed up at the Courthouse Green for the rally, with some wearing “2nd Class Citizen” signs around their necks – which is how they believe some lawmakers see them.

“Gay rights are snowballing throughout this country,” said Brand, who helped organize the rally. “They're fighting a losing battle and wasting taxpayer money.”

In the aftermath of the marriage ban being struck down, same-sex couples lined up at the Courthouse ready to get married.

Now it's unclear whether those unions will be legally recognized by the state.

“That is undetermined. Such issues might have to be determined by a court later,” said Bryan Corbin, a spokesman for the Indiana attorney general's office, told The Associated Press.

The AP also quoted Jennifer Drobac, a professor at Indiana University's McKinney School of Law, as not holding out much hope to same-sex married couples in Indiana, but said that could eventually change. Drobac specializes in sexual-orientation legal issues.

The initial ruling that declared the ban unconstitutional “reset” Indiana law, she said, but the stay changed it back and rendered the marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples last week invalid.

While some couples may have to wait to see if their union will be recognized as legitimate by the state, another rally is planned for today, according to a post on the “Response to Court of Appeals Halting Same Sex Marriage in Indiana” Facebook page.

Tuesday's rally was at noon.

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