Gov. Pence Reacts to Federal Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

Published 08/20 2014 10:27PM

Updated 08/20 2014 10:31PM

Eyewitness News caught up with Governor Mike Pence to get his reaction to a federal court's ruling that Indiana must recognize out-of-state same sex marriages.

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Indiana's law prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states is unconstitutional. The decision was stayed pending an appeal.

In the ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young calls Governor Pence's actions on marriage "troubling."

"Regardless of my personal views on this issue as governor of Indiana," said Pence, "we'll uphold the laws as they're interpreted by the courts. And now that the court of appeals has stayed the lower court's decision, we'll continue to act in a way in Indiana that reflect that and await the final disposition of this case at the federal level. People know where I stand on this issue."

This is the 20th consecutive federal court ruling against state bans on marriage equality since the Supreme Court struck down parts of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.

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