Governor Mike Pence was in Evansville Thursday for an economic forum and shared his concerns about a federal judge's decision to lift Indiana's ban on gay marriage.
Governor Pence's stance on gay marriage has been well-documented, as Pence himself has heavily backed a proposed amendment to the state constitution defining marriage between one man and one woman. He is not pleased with the judge's decision.
That proposed amendment, known as HJR-3, would also declare a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.
Neither the ban nor the proposed amendment are now relevant as U.S. District Judge Richard Young has ruled the ban unconstitutional.
The Indiana Attorney General's Office has now appealed to Young to stay his order.
Pence says while he recognizes Young's decision, he supports the attorney general's appeal.
"I've long believed that people in states ought to be able to make decisions on the institution of marriage," says Pence. "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 evaluating how we do that, in an appropriate way, and in an orderly way, as we speak."
Pence says he believes gay marriage decisions should be made on a state by state basis but he also says he believes in the rule of law.
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