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Local congressmen split on DOMA decision

– Congressmen representing northeast Indiana were of three views regarding the Supreme Court’s 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 Wednesday’s ruling was bad but could have been worse.

Freshman Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., praised the court’s decision.

“Like most Americans, I strongly believe in our country’s commitment to ensuring that all people receive equal protection under our laws,” he said in a statement. “The Supreme Court’s 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 Court’s 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.”

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