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Governor's move on same-sex marriage questioned by wedded couple

Pastor Tracy Patton and Christy Driskell Pastor Tracy Patton and Christy Driskell
Gov. Mike Pence (Source: WAVE 3 News) Gov. Mike Pence (Source: WAVE 3 News)
JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Executive branches are being asked by Governor Mike Pence to ignore the original court order that allowed same sex marriage for a three day period. 

Governor Pence and one couple married in Jeffersonville are speaking about the action. Others are wondering since there is a legal stay already in place is the action necessary?

The Governor believes it is but it's causing some confusion. In Clark County, officials said they are not sure what Governor Pence's action means until they hear from the Attorney General's office.

"We just pray that you would reach down and soften the hearts of those who are in control of making the decisions," said Jeffersonville Pastor Tracy Patton as she prayed with her congregation Wednesday night.

Patton and her recently wedded wife Christy Driskell lead the Wednesday night service at New Beginnings Church.

The couple is one of several married during the three day period following a federal court order striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban.

Patton even presided over several of them.

Of their marriage Driskell said, "To have that piece of paper, I still get emotional thinking about it."

The couple says they expected the appeals court stay that blocked any more same sex marriages from happening, but they were surprised, frustrated and a little angry after hearing Governor Pence told state agencies Wednesday to act as if no gay marriages had ever been performed despite hundreds of recorded marriage licenses.

Governor Pence said of his action, "The court of appeals stayed that order and our general council advised us that leaves Indiana's current marriage law intact and as Governor of the state of Indiana, I have an obligation to uphold the laws of the state of Indiana."

Patton asked, "What if someone told the governor his marriage should be ignored?"

Driskell added, "We live here, we pay taxes, we work here and we maintain homes."

The couple says to finally be recognized by the government made them feel accepted.

Since there's already a legal stay in place, some politicos believe the Governor's move was simply campaigning to show a solid conservative stance for a possible 2016 run for the White House.

The governor's office is allowing one out-of-state same sex marriage to be recognized, because one of the women is dying of ovarian cancer.

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