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NWI Lawmakers Endorse Same-Sex Marriage

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Two northwest Indiana lawmakers have within the past few days expressed heir support for same-sex marriage via statements on their Facebook page. First District Congressman Pete Visclosky today said he believed “every single American should be able to marry the person they love,” and called current federal laws that bar same-sex couples from having the same financial and legal benefits as married couples unfair. Last Friday, Indiana US Senator Joe Donnelly said he has concluded the right thing to do is to “support marriage equality for all”, in light of recent U-S Supreme Court arguments and accompanying public discussion of same-sex marriage that prompted him to think about his past positions and votes.
From Congressman Visclosky's Facebook page:
“I support marriage equality for all couples and believe that every single American should be able to marry the person they love. I believe that it is unfair that, under current law, same-sex couples are legally prohibited from taking advantage of the federal laws that provide financial and legal benefits to married couples. I believe that we can no longer allow the states to discriminate against same-sex marriages. Rather, I believe that the federal government should ensure that all consenting adults, no matter who they are or who they love, have the exact same marriage rights.” - PJV
From Senator Donnelly's Facebook page:
“In recent years, our country has been involved in an important discussion on the issue of marriage equality. While serving in the House of Representatives, I had the opportunity to act on a core belief of mine: we are a stronger country when we draw on the strengths of all Americans. I voted to repeal ‘don't ask, don't tell’ and was an original supporter of the bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against someone in the workplace because of their sexual orientation. It is also for that reason that I oppose amending either Indiana’s or our nation’s constitution to enshrine in those documents an ‘us’ and a ‘them,’ instead of a ‘we.’ With the recent Supreme Court arguments and accompanying public discussion of same-sex marriage, I have been thinking about my past positions and votes. In doing so, I have concluded that the right thing to do is to support marriage equality for all.”
-Joe
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