What Do Indiana Lawmakers Say About Judge's Ruling Rejecting Same-Sex Marriage Ban?
U.S. District Judge Richard Young'sruling Wednesday that the Indiana's laws banning same-sex marriage were unconstitutionalbrought a mix of reaction from Indiana leaders on the state and federal level.Almost immediately after Young's ruling, the Indiana attorney general's office announced it would appeal the decision—a move fully supported by Republican Gov. Mike Pence."Governor Pence supports the attorney general's efforts to appeal the federal court's ruling and defend Indiana’s right to define the institution of marriage for the residents of our state," gubernatorial spokeswoman Kara Brooks said in a statement. "Because the governor believes in the rule of law, the state of Indiana will comply with the federal court’s order as this case moves through the appeals process."Following Young's ruling, some county clerk's offices began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.In Southern Indiana, a handful of gay couples were allowed to wed in Clarksville and Jeffersonville. Other Southern Indiana county clerk's officesheld off on issuing marriage licenses.Four years ago, then-Congressman Baron Hill—a Democrat whose district covered Southern Indiana—said he believed in traditional marriage only and favored civil unions for same-sex couples.Asked for a reaction to the judge's ruling, Hill's successor, Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Young said: