“We’re married and no matter what they say it’s legal to me”

File photo from June 25, 2014 at the Vigo County Courthouse. (WTHI Photo)
File photo from June 25, 2014 at the Vigo County Courthouse. (WTHI Photo)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – There’s a new twist in the battle of gay marriage. The state government has announced that same sex marriages won’t be recognized across Indiana.

Exchanging “I do’s”, and sealing it with a kiss, the moment Donnica and Nikki always dreamed of now a reality.

“I was really excited; you get that fluttery feeling in your stomach,” said Nikki Barrett.

“It was just an exciting and a happy day,” said Donnica Barrett.

Fifteen days later they are simply enjoying being newlyweds.

“If we get caught up, or stressed, or tense, we just throw in the word wife and you get all smiley and giggly again,” said Nikki.

Now their marriage lingers in a legal limbo. The Indiana state government announced they won’t recognize same sex marriages conducted on those three days in June.

“I’ve long believed that people in states ought to be able to make decisions on the institution of marriage,” said Governor Mike Pence.

Donnica has only one word to describe the ruling.

“Disappointed, even though we weren’t surprised that this was the way they were going to come down.”

None the less they are discouraged as they play another game of wait and see.

“It’s a waste of money and time, and it’s kind of embarrassing really because everybody else is fighting to move forward and we’re fighting to move backward,” said Nikki.

Still they have high hopes the Hoosier hospitality they’ve grown to love will prevail.

“This is home, and this is where we want to be,” said Donnica.

For now there is nothing in limbo about their commitment to each other.

“We’re married and no matter what they say it’s legal to me and I’ve been fighting for so long I’m not going to stop now,” said Nikki.

The governor did say that Indiana will recognize the marriage of two women from Munster, Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney.

That’s also in line with an appeals court ruling issued because Quasney has terminal cancer.

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