State will ignore same-sex unions

A Greenwood woman who married her longtime partner two weeks ago was disappointed to hear the state will ignore their marriage.

The governor’s office is advising state agencies to ignore the same-sex marriages that occurred in June, which will affect 31 couples who were married in Johnson County. A memo from the governor’s chief counsel is telling state agencies to act as if the June 25 federal court ruling that overturned Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban never happened.

“Executive branch agencies are to execute their functions as though the U.S. District Court Order of June 25, 2014 had not been issued,” according to the memo from Mark G. Ahearn, general counsel to the governor.

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