Gov. Pence: State consulting attorneys about next step in same sex marriage fight

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Gov. Mike Pence told reporters on Monday that the state was consulting its legal team to figure out what to do next on the issue of same sex marriage.

There’s been a lot of confusion about what happens next after a federal appeals court issued a stay Friday evening, bringing same sex marriage in Indiana to a halt, at least for now.

Since that time, the governor’s office says they’ve been in touch with the state’s attorney general as they try to figure out whether the state will recognize the same sex marriages performed after the initial court ruling last Wednesday.

In that two and half day period last week, hundreds of same-sex couples applied for marriage licenses all across the state.

Monday the governor said they hope to formulate and announce a position sometime over the next few days

“My position on this issue is very well known, but I believe in the rule of law,” said Pence. “The lower court made its decision, the court of appeals has stayed that decision, and we understand that’s created a level of confusion for some Hoosiers. We’re going to sort through that, take the advice of counsel, and make sure the state of Indiana complies with the law.”

Meantime, the battle continued on Monday as a group representing one same sex couple asked for consideration from the court. Lambda Legal filed papers with the appeals court, asking the court to recognize the marriage of Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler, as Niki continues to fight stage IV ovarian cancer.

“There is no justification whatsoever for depriving this family of the dignity, comfort, and protections of a legally recognized marriage during this already agonizingly difficult time,” said Camilla Taylor, Marriage Project Director for Lambda Legal. “We ask Attorney General Zoeller not to oppose this motion. This is one family in all of Indiana that is undergoing tremendous stress while they courageously fight Ms. Quasney’s stage four ovarian cancer. Their marriage doesn’t harm anyone in Indiana, it simply protects them and their children.”

The court responded late Monday, ordering the state to file a response to their motion by noon Tuesday.