Judge: Pence contradicted himself on gay marriage

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has taken Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to task, saying Pence told the court he had no power to enforce Indiana’s gay marriage ban and then ordered executive agencies to do so following court rulings.

Judge Richard Young ruled Tuesday that Indiana must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, but put the order on hold as a federal appeals court is taking up his earlier decisions on the issue.

Young says Pence issued contradictory memoranda after Young struck down the ban in June, at first ordering agencies to abide by the ruling but later telling them to uphold the ban after an appeals court stayed Young’s ruling.

The governor’s office had no immediate comment when contacted Wednesday by The Associated Press.

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