On June 25, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Young struck down Indiana's ban on marriage for same-sex couples, declaring that the law violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection and due process. The ruling took effect immediately, and same-sex couples were able to marry from June 25 to June 27th before the ruling was stayed pending appeal.
On July 7, 2014, Indiana Governor Mike Pence instructed state agencies not to recognize the marriages that were performed during that gap. The policy applies to state agencies that report to Pence’s office and would affect state services controlled by those agencies, such as food stamps or the ability to file jointly for state taxes.
We have learned that the ACLU of Indiana has asked you to issue a statement that the federal government will recognize these marriages, just as you did in Utah and Michigan, which would make Indiana’s couples eligible for federal benefits for married couples.
These newly-married couples are now living in limbo. They are confused and don’t know what benefits they have, if any. They don’t know if their marriages are legal or not. So we urge you to please issue this statement which would enable these couples to protect and take care of themselves and their families.
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Once I reach my goal I plan to email this to Greg Zoeller and Mike Pence, as well as every news station in the state. I want to show that it's not the middle ages anymore and Indiana is more...
Once I reach my goal I plan to email this to Greg Zoeller and Mike Pence, as well as every news station in the state. I want to show that it's not the middle ages anymore and Indiana is more tolerant than these men think.