IN Focus: Indiana lawmakers respond to historic Supreme Court rulings

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Friday's historic ruling on same sex marriage is prompting a big reaction nationwide.

FOX59 spoke with congressman Andre Carson (D-IN) for this week’s edition of IN Focus.

Carson praised their justices for the ruling on marriage, in a written statement issued Friday:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is another step forward to ensure fairness and equality for all.  Today we recognized what we already know, all American families are equal in every way. Today’s ruling is a critical step in ensuring that no one in this country suffers discrimination because of their race, ethnicity, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. I applaud the court’s decision and send my sincerest congratulations to the couples around the country who have waited so long to gain this important right.”

FOX59 also spoke with Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) who issued the following statement on Friday:

“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.”

Coats also slammed the court for its decision on health care subsidies. Watch the video below to see Coats' remarks on the court's health care ruling.

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