Governor Pence must decide whether to recognize gay marriages

June 30th, 2014 at 5:27 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

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.

Governor 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.

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