The state of Indiana will not recognize hundreds of marriages that took place last month following a federal judge’s June 25 ruling to overturn the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
In a memo, Mark Ahearn, general counsel to Governor Mike Pence, instructs the entire executive branch to stop any processes they have commenced in complying with the District Court order of June 25.
For the loving, committed same-sex couples who rushed to the courthouse to marry during the few days that marriage equality was legal in Indiana, the memo from the governor’s chief counsel is an awful development.
The federal government still has the option of recognizing these marriages. HRC has called on Attorney General Eric Holder to ensure full federal recognition of the thousands of legally married couples in states that have permitted a brief window of marriage equality after a court ruling.