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Gov. Pence Asks State Agencies to Ignore Gay Marriages
Indiana Governor Mike Pence is ordering state agencies to ignore same-sex marriages issued in June. On June 25th, the U.S. District Court issued a ruling striking down Indiana's statute defining marriage between a man and a woman. In the days that followed, hundreds of same-sex couples were married at courthouses around the state.
"So the marriages are valid, the lower court decision has not been overruled, all that's happened is there's basically a procedural stay, there's a delay for how long the state has to implement the court order, and that's going to be dependent on what the court of appeals does," said Indiana Tech constitutional law professor Nancy Marcus.
"They're not going to grant state benefits to couples who were lawfully wed between June 25th and June 27th, but he interestingly in his order gave a nod to the federal government however will give benefits to those couples," said Marcus.
Federal benefits include the ability to file joint federal income taxes, declare a spouse for employment benefits, and service members can get benefits for their spouses. Note: It's just federal government employees, not all employees, who will receive benefits from the federal government for their same-sex spouses at this point.