Pence must decide whether to recognize gay marriages

Governor Mike Pence (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)
Governor Mike Pence (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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