Mike Pence, Indiana’s governor and potential presidential hopeful for 2016, has instructed Indiana state agencies not to recognise same-sex marriages performed in the state since the state’s same-sex marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional.
A memo, issues by the general counsel of the governor reads: “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 organisation Hoosiers Unite for Marriage has released a statement saying that Pence is on the wrong side of history.
The statement said: “The federal government has already said it will respect Indiana’s legally married same-sex couples. Now it’s time for the state they call home to respect their legal marriages too.”
Since the stay was put in place, the Attorney General’s office has advised clerks to stop issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples, and to stop performing marriage licences for gay and lesbian couples.