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Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Same-Sex Marriage

Updated 11:36 a.m.

In a 5-4 decision in favor of same-sex couples, the U.S. Supreme court has solidified an earlier opinion making same-sex marriage legal in Indiana.

Same-sex marriage first became legal in the Hoosier State in June 2014 when a federal judge ruled the state's ban unconstitutional. But marriages were only allowed for three days before an appeals court issued a stay on the ruling while it considered the case.

Same-sex marriage became legal again in October, when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Indiana's case, allowing a lower appeals court ruling to stand striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

Marriages between same-sex couples have continued to be legal, but the threat of a Supreme Court decision left the permanent fate of the state's ban uncertain until today.

Source: Pew Research Center

Here are some reactions:

Rep. Andre Carson, D–Indiana:

State Sen. Tim Lanane, D–Anderson:

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D–Indiana:

American Family Association of Indiana:

The U.S. Supreme Court attempted to deny the biological truth of a baby forty years ago in Roe v. Wade. They failed. Today, they also failed in attempting to deny the biological truth of marriage. Forty years from now people will still know that children need a mom and a dad. Because of our complimentary and unique biological gender differences, marriage is the special, timeless, union of a man and a woman. No court in the world can rewrite this reality designed by God in the beginning. Marriage is not simply the affirmation of the desires of a vocal few asking a court to create a new normal.

We are disappointed that the court chose not to allow the people or the states to decide this matter. Five justices on the Supreme court forced a new definition of marriage upon all of America. They did this even though 51 million Americans have voted to keep marriage just as it has been around the globe, in diverse cultures, for thousands of years.

This sweeping decision will cause division for decades to come. Even worse, it will harm the freedoms of conscience and religion of millions of Americans who still believe the truth about marriage as the special union of a man and a woman which best serves the needs of children and society.

This act by the court will devalue marriage. If marriage can mean anything, it ultimately means nothing. When marriage loses its' meaning, society and children suffer. When children suffer, government expands. When government expands, liberty contracts. This is not a good day for the future of America.

ACLU of Indiana Executive Director Jane Henegar:

This is a great day for equality and a wonderful affirmation of the importance of marriage in our society. But in Indiana, we have more work to do. We must continue our efforts to ensure that our state laws are brought into the 21st century, so that no one is ever fired, or denied housing, or denied public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Statewide protections for LGBT people will make sure we are all treated fairly and will send the message that Indiana truly welcomes all.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller:

We urge all Hoosiers whether they agree or disagree with the outcome to show civility toward each other and show respect for the Supreme Court's authority and the judicial system. After two years of legal uncertainty, state governments at last have a final ruling from the Supreme Court, and the public interest in this case underscores the central role and importance of the institution of marriage in our society.

State Rep. Scott Pelath, D–Michigan City:

Most Americans have been accepting of this day for quite a while now, and perhaps some will also recognize a bit of irony. The final impetus toward lifting a ban on marriage came from the overzealous efforts of lawmakers who could not question their own backward thinking enough to see that our world has changed. Their miscalculations finally went too far, and now they must begin to make peace with their irrational fears.

But our work is not done in Indiana. In 2016, our state legislature will have to confront the outrageous inequity that prevents gays, lesbians, and the transgendered from having basic civil rights. I strongly suspect there will be several House and Senate Democrats who will file bills to ensure our laws reflect a changing society.

Sen. Dan Coats, R–Indiana:

Decisions of faith are the most personal and precious we make in this lifetime. Guided by my Christian faith, I believe that marriage is a solemn covenant made between a man and a woman before God. I also believe we should live our lives rooted in love and respect for our neighbors, regardless of their personal decisions or religious convictions.

It is my long-held opinion that this deeply personal issue – which divides many families and friends – should be decided by the voters in each state. Now that the Supreme Court has imposed its own definition of marriage, we must ensure that religious freedom is protected across America. Established in our nation's founding days and sustained for over 200 years, religious liberty is at the very core of our system of government and our way of life. All people of all faiths must have the right to exercise their faith within the bounds of our justice system.

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