CHICAGO (CBS) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday he remains hopeful that the Hoosier State’s ban on same-sex marriages will remain intact, despite blistering questions by the three-judge panel from the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher was the focus of the judges’ sharpest criticism Tuesday, particularly from Republican-appointed Judge Richard Posner; who frequently cut Fisher off, comparing laws against same-sex marriage to the Jim Crow-era laws against interracial marriage, and characterizing the Indiana law as “stupid.”
Despite the apparent hostility from the judges, Pence said he remains hopeful Indiana’s ban will be upheld.
“I’m just grateful that the attorney general is appealing the case, and taking the argument for Indiana’s state law all the way into the Court of Appeals,” Pence said during an unrelated event in Gary.