Gov. Pence hopes court back states’ rights on marriage

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (WISH File Photo)
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (WISH File Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WLFI) — Gov. Mike Pence says he hopes the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold Indiana’s right to enact marriage laws when the issue of same-sex unions reaches the high court.

Indiana law defines marriage as between one man and one woman, but the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled that law was unconstitutional. The court’s ruling affirmed U.S. District Judge Richard Young’s decision in June to overturn the ban.

The state says it will seek a stay of the ruling pending an appeal to the Supreme Court.

Lawmakers had pushed to amend the ban into the state constitution, but the measure was kept off the November ballot when they changed the language of the proposed amendment during this year’s legislative session.

Gov. Pence released the following statement regarding the ruling.

“I’m grateful for the efforts of the Attorney General to defend Indiana’s marriage laws before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. I have instructed my General Counsel to carefully review this decision. While I continue to hope that the right of the state of Indiana to enact laws concerning the institution of marriage will be upheld when this matter reaches the Supreme Court of the United States, Hoosiers may be assured, as my administration has done throughout this case, we will continue to uphold the rule of law in all executive branch operations as this matter moves to the highest court in the land.”

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