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Locals react to Indiana not recognizing same-sex marriages

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Recently married same-sex couples in Indiana are wondering what's next now that the governor announced the state won't recognize their weddings performed in June.

Wally Paynter, president of the Tri-State Alliance, says he knows a lot of couples who got married after the gay marriage ban was lifted, and he says for them and for the entire LGBT community, it's been an emotional roller coaster.

As soon as the ban was lifted, same-sex couples from all over the state flocked to get married, but days later, a federal appeals court stayed that ruling. Now, Governor Mike Pence says that means those marriages won't be recognized in Indiana. 

"Our general counsel has advised us that leaves Indiana's current marriage law in tact," Pence said. "And as governor of the state of Indiana, I have an obligation to uphold the laws of the state of Indiana."

Some of the same-sex couples Paynter knows tell him they're having a tough time accepting the governor's decision. 

"Some of them have been together for 20 or 30 years, and now they've been married for a few weeks legally, and now their marriages are on hold, so it's frustrating," Paynter said.

Paynter says, despite everything that's happened, he has high hopes. Since the federal government will still recognize those marriages, he believes this will all work out. 

"I really think, in the end, that this appeals court will rule in our favor," Paynter said. "And even if the appeals court did not rule in our favor, I truly believe that these marriages will be forced by the courts to be recognized."

The case will be heard in front of the 7th District Circuit Court in September.

The governor's office did tell agencies to recognize one same-sex marriage - the out of state marriage of Amy Sandler and Nikole Quasney, who is fighting advanced ovarian cancer.

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