Gov. Pence Reacts to Judge's Decision on Gay Marriage Ban, Supports Appeal

Published 06/26 2014 04:49PM

Updated 06/26 2014 08:21PM

Indiana Governor Mike Pence makes a stop in Evansville to talk economic development a day after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on gay marriage. While he will comply the judge's decision, Governor Pence supports the Attorney General's appeal of the judge's decision.

The judge's ruling on Wednesday that struck down the state's gay marriage ban triggered a rush of gay and lesbian couples to apply for marriage licenses. It's unclear how long clerk's offices will be able to issue those marriage licenses after Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed an emergency stay on the judge's decision.

ACLU officials said they plan to file a formal opposition to Zoeller's request either Thursday or Friday.

"I've long believed that people in states ought to be able to make decisions on the institution of marriage," Governor Pence said. "That being said, the State of Indiana will certainly comply with the court's order pending that appeal. We're going through the process of how we do that in an appropriate way and an orderly way, as we speak."

It's not clear when the courts will issue a ruling on that emergency stay or the appeal.

According to the clerk's offices in each county as of Thursday afternoon, Vanderburgh County has issued between 15 and 20 marriage licenses to same-sex couples. There have been four licenses issued in Warrick County; one in Gibson County and zero in Posey County.

More than two-thirds of counties in the state are issuing marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples. The only county in our area not doing so is Daviess County.

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