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SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame has informed employees it will extend benefits to same-sex spouses after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in Indiana and 10 other states.

The university sent out an email to employees Wednesday evening that said because Indiana law now recognizes same-sex marriages, the university "will extend benefits to all legally married spouses, including same-sex spouses."

The email says: "Notre Dame is a Catholic university and endorses a Catholic view of marriage. However, it will follow the relevant civil law and begin to implement this change immediately."

The Indiana attorney general's office told county clerks across the state Tuesday that they must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

That came after a federal appeals court in Chicago formally lifted Indiana's gay marriage ban.