Stay lifted, gay marriage legal
It’s official. A federal appeals court in Chicago has formally lifted Indiana's ban on same-sex marriages.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order Tuesday, lifting a stay that was in place while the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether to hear appeals from Indiana and four other states to keep gay marriage bans in place.
The appeals court action came one day after the Supreme Court decided it would not consider the appeals.
Same-sex marriage in Indiana had been blocked since a few days after District Judge Richard Young of Evansville struck down the state's ban, which led to hundreds of gay and lesbian couples rushing to get married.
Republican Gov. Mike Pence says he’s still committed to traditional marriage but his administration will follow the court's decisions.