Indiana lawmakers react to latest same-sex marriage ruling

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INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana lawmakers are reacting to Thursday's news that a federal appeals court has upheld the decision to overturn the state's same sex marriage ban.

Senate president pro tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said:

“While I continue to believe that this issue should be decided state by state, it’s not surprising that the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled this way, given the trend of similar rulings around the country. I have said all along that the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately have to step in on this issue, and today’s ruling reaffirms that belief. It is important for the Supreme Court to take up this issue as quickly as possible in order to clear up the chaos and uncertainty created by the various federal court rulings."

Senate minority leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson,  said the following:

“Once again, I am not surprised that our state’s law banning same-sex marriage violates the merit of the U.S. Constitution. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has recognized the inherent unfairness of this law and I’m disappointed that others in the statehouse haven’t yet come to that conclusion.  I whole-heartedly agree with Judge Posner’s sentiment that Indiana’s ban ‘flunks’ the test to bear a rational purpose.  This ruling only adds increased momentum to the rate at which discriminatory laws like Indiana’s ban have met their fate.”

And House minority leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, added:

“The rulings are coming at a steady pace these days, and they all say the same thing: it is time to end this intolerance toward who should marry whom in Indiana. We have already wasted too much time on this subject, when we should be spending time lifting our middle class and helping our schools, among many, many other things.  But I harbor no illusions that such will be the case. There is too much of a cottage industry that thrives on keeping this debate alive, and I suspect the next step will be to place this issue before the U.S. Supreme Court once and for all."

“Fine. Let that happen. But this does not have to be an issue that we need to have before the Indiana General Assembly next year…or in any other year after that. The days of playing to fear and intolerance on this issue are coming to an end in Indiana. It’s time for all of us to accept that reality.”