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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Pence must decide whether to recognize gay marriages"

Jim Shella of WISHTV8 has this story yesterday:

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — What happens to the hundreds of gay marriages that took place in Indiana last week?

Because a federal appeals court has placed a judicial stay on legalized gay marriage there is confusion.

The federal government will recognize the same-sex marriages conducted in Indiana, but it’s up to the governor to decide if state government will also recognize them. It’s a decision that can affect tax filing, job benefits, hospital visitation and more.

Gov. Mike Pence is researching what to do.

“We’re obtaining counsel from our general counsel’s office as well as the attorney general,” he said, “to determine the right way forward for the state of Indiana and the programs in the state of Indiana. So I’ll be making that decision and making that public in the days ahead.”

Pence’s support of traditional marriage is well known but he said that’s not part of his calculation.

“How I feel about the issue is really secondary to what the law requires,” he said.

See also this June 26th ILB post headed: "Executive branch gets commendably clear direction from Gov. Pence on complying with the same-sex marriage order."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 1, 2014 11:53 AM
Posted to Indiana Government