Gregory Hasty and Christopher Vallero live in Hamilton County, Indiana. Hasty is a surgical technologist who is working on a nursing degree and Vallero is employed by a medical research company in Indianapolis. They have lived with each other in a committed and loving relationship for eight years.
Gregory and Christopher have not married, but desire to do so. They lead shared lives comparable to that of a married couple, yet they are denied the many benefits of marriage, such as home ownership, decision-making rights during a medical emergency and adoption.
In addition to the many tangible benefits that are denied to them because they cannot marry in Indiana, they are denied the many intangible benefits that arise from being able to show the world that they are married. They are stigmatized by Indiana’s refusal to allow them to wed.