Indiana won’t recognize same-sex marriages

Hundred of same sex couples line up to apply for marriage licenses at the Marion County Clerks office in Indianapolis, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. A federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately allowed gay couples to wed (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Hundred of same sex couples line up to apply for marriage licenses at the Marion County Clerks office in Indianapolis, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. A federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately allowed gay couples to wed (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The governor’s office says Indiana won’t recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages performed before a court halted a decision that lifted the state’s ban.

The governor’s decision applied only to state agencies that report to the governor’s office and would affect state services controlled by those agencies, such as food stamps.

Hundreds of couples were married from June 25, when a U.S. district court judge struck down the state’s gay marriage ban, to June 27, when a federal appeals court stayed the decision.

The governor’s decision came in a memo from Mark Ahearn, Gov. Mike Pence’s chief counsel.

American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk says he believes the state is wrong and the marriages are legal.

 

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