INDIANAPOLIS—Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) released the following statement Wednesday in response to a memo delivered from the governor’s chief counsel ordering state agencies not to recognize same sex marriage licenses recently issued.

“The governor’s interpretation of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals’ order is excessive and unnecessarily adds further confusion to this matter.

“This is an unfair move to couples who very well may be legally married according to the ruling and who in good faith relied on a court order that was valid at the time.

“Time after time, we have seen this governor and Statehouse Republicans take action to block same sex couples from any recognition of a valid marriage.

“I believe the governor has jumped to conclusions that don’t clearly come from the order of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and it is my hope that as this case continues to move its way through the judicial process, common sense and equality will prevail, giving all Hoosiers the equal rights they deserve.”

Sen. Lanane represents Indiana Senate District 25 includes the portions of Madison and Delaware counties, including the City of Muncie and portions of the City of Anderson. For more information on Sen. Lanane, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit .