INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana state government won’t recognize the same-sex marriages conducted throughout the state during three days in June.
It’s a decision made by the governor earlier this week that was relayed to state agencies in a memo from the governor’s office.
That memo, written by general counsel Mark Ahearn, says that Indiana’s ban on gay marriage is “in full force” and agencies should act as if the June 25 order striking it down “had not been issued.”
On the June 25-27, hundreds of couples purchased marriage licenses and took vows, entering into unions that will be recognized by the federal government.
Gov. Mike Pence, however, says he is just complying with the law.
“Indiana’s marriage law remains intact,” said Pence. “The state of Indiana must operate in a manner consistent with the laws of Indiana.”
Pence was asked how marriages that were legal at the time they took place could be ignored.
“In consultation with our general counsel,” he said, “we believe a proper reading of the Court of Appeals decision stays the impact of the initial federal court’s decision.”
The gay rights organization known as Hoosiers United for Marriage says that couples married in June shouldn’t have to worry about politicians deciding the fate of their love.
In the meantime, the governor did say that Indiana will recognize the marriage of two women from Munster, Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney. That’s also in line with an appeals court ruling issued because Quasney has terminal cancer.