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Wed July 9, 2014

Indiana Gov. Pence's Office Tells State Agencies to Ignore Same-Sex Marriages

Earlier this year, same-sex couples in Southern Indiana filed a lawsuit challenging the state's ban. Their case was dismissed, but a federal judge struck down the state's ban in a ruling on other cases. The ruling was later stayed.
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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's office is telling state agencies act as if no same-sex marriages had been performed during three days following a federal court order.

The memo from the governor's chief counsel tells executive branch agencies to execute their functions as though the June 25 court order had not been issued.

A federal judge in Indianapolis struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional that day, leading to hundreds of same-sex marriages around the state. But an appeals court stayed that ruling three days later after an appeal from the state attorney general's office.

Related: Federal Judge Rules Indiana's Same-Sex Marriage  Ban Unconstitutional

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The governor's office told agencies to recognize the out-of-state marriage of Amy Sandler and Nikole Quasney of Munster, in line with the appellate court order. Quasney is dying of ovarian cancer.