Judge: Pence contradicted himself on gay marriage

FILE - In this June 26, 2013, file photo, supporters of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling which overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act carry a large rainbow flag during a parade around the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis. A federal judge has struck down Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage Friday, June 6, 2014, ruling it unconstitutional. It wasn't clear whether same-sex marriages could immediately begin. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)
FILE - In this June 26, 2013, file photo, supporters of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling which overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act carry a large rainbow flag during a parade around the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis. A federal judge has struck down Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage Friday, June 6, 2014, ruling it unconstitutional. It wasn't clear whether same-sex marriages could immediately begin. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has taken Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to task, saying Pence told the court he had no power to enforce Indiana’s gay marriage ban and then ordered executive agencies to do so following court rulings.

Judge Richard Young ruled Tuesday that Indiana must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, but put the order on hold as a federal appeals court is taking up his earlier decisions on the issue.

Young says Pence issued contradictory memoranda after Young struck down the ban in June, at first ordering agencies to abide by the ruling but later telling them to uphold the ban after an appeals court stayed Young’s ruling.

The governor’s office had no immediate comment when contacted Wednesday by The Associated Press.

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