Sunday, June 28, 2015

Indiana Democrats Respond to the Supreme Court's Same Sex Marriage Decision

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly: “We are a stronger state in Indiana and a stronger country when we support inclusion, respect, and equality for all Americans.”

Rep. Scott Pelath, House minority leader: “For those in the LGBT community, it must have seemed that this day would never come. But it has, and our world is better for it.”

John Zody, chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party: "In Indiana, we believe a good government is one that solves today's problems and improves the overall well-being of hardworking families. Today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to allow full marriage equality nationwide reaffirms this principle. The hard work and efforts of so many in Indiana is now not only vindicated, but also lets same-sex couples know they are on equal footing to their peers. While we still have more work to do to ensure every single Hoosier is protected under our civil rights statutes in Indiana, today's ruling shows that we're one step closer to equality under the law. That is a freedom we should all be proud of."

John Gregg, gubernatorial candidate: "Today's historic decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is an affirmation of that core American principle that all individuals are created equal and should be treated as such regardless of what they look like, where they live or who they love. Hoosiers and all Americans face great challenges in the years ahead, but we will only be able to meet them if we stand together. There can be no room in our state or nation for discrimination of any kind and today's court ruling is another step in that direction.

Sen. Tim Lanane, Senate Democratic Leader: "Today's ruling reinforces the belief that a solid majority of Hoosiers have already expressed: that marriage equality is a matter of fundamental fairness. This ruling makes even clearer the need to extend Indiana's civil rights protections to members of the LGBT community. The journey toward equality in the Hoosier state has been winding but today's decision signifies a momentous victory along that path. This decision gives ultimate resolution to same-sex couples recently married but unsure upon what legal ground their nuptials stood. This decision adds significance to the growing chorus of Hoosiers who have and continue to say it's time to outlaw discrimination in Indiana. Today we celebrate progress. Tomorrow we begin anew our efforts to make sure everyone knows that Indiana is an accepting and welcoming state that does not discriminate."

Former U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett, Indianapolis mayoral candidate: "Today's decision is a victory for thousands of families in Indianapolis and millions across the United States. We are blessed to live in a city that truly welcomes all, and I'm proud that our country has taken this historic step toward greater equality for all."

For more Hoosier reactions, visit the Journal and Courier here and the Statehouse File here.