INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The federal appeals court in Chicago has formally lifted Indiana's ban on same-sex marriages.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday issued an order lifting a stay that was in place while the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether to hear appeals from Indiana and four other states to keep gay marriage bans in place.
The appeals court action comes a day after the Supreme Court said it wouldn't hear those appeals.
Same-sex marriages in Indiana had been blocked since a few days after District Judge Richard Young in Evansville struck down the state's ban, which led hundreds of gay and lesbian couples to rush to get married.
Republican Gov. Mike Pence said Monday he remained committed to traditional marriage but that his administration will follow the court's decisions.