FORT WAYNE – Congressmen representing northeast Indiana were of three views regarding the Supreme Courts decision to throw out the federal law that denies government benefits to same-sex married couples.
One was for it, one was against it, and a third thought Wednesdays ruling was bad but could have been worse.
Freshman Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., praised the courts decision.
Like most Americans, I strongly believe in our countrys commitment to ensuring that all people receive equal protection under our laws, he said in a statement. The Supreme Courts ruling today affirmed this principle and, in doing so, again reminded us of something that binds us all together in this great country.
Coats said in a statement, I am disappointed with the Supreme Courts decision and continue to believe that marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman.
Coats voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act as a member of the Senate in 1996.
Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, said much the same as Coats, defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, but he had a different take.
Because marriage is ordained by God, instituted in every society throughout history, and the best environment for raising children, I am pleased that the court did not issue a sweeping mandate and has left marriage policy to the work of our democratic process, Stutzman said in a statement.
I am absolutely certain that the American people will continue the defense of marriage in state capitals across the country.