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State agencies ordered not to recognize Indiana gay marriages

INDIANAPOLIS – A memo from Gov. Mike Pence’s general counsel has instructed state agencies not to recognize gay marriages that occurred during a three-day period after a federal ruling allowing same-sex unions.

The memo went out July 7, although the administration did not make it public.

In the memo, Mark Ahearn said the state’s gay marriage ban “is in full force and effect and executive branch agencies are to execute their functions as though the U.S. District Court Order of June 25, 2014 had not been issued.”

The memo means Indiana couples married during that time will not be recognized for purposes of state taxation or other laws.U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that day that the ban was unconstitutional. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay of that ruling June 27.

The memo also said specifically “the state will comply with the Court of Appeal’s individual order recognizing the marriage of Amy Sandler and Nikole Quasney.”

That couple received their own injunction due to a terminal illness.

nkelly@jg.net

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