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'The question is about marriage'

FORT WAYNE -- The Rev. Peter Gregory, associate pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, said Wednesday morning he was just catching up with the opinion.

He said that while the Supreme Court had struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, they seemed to have left the question open about whether states may continue to use the traditional definition of marriage.

Indiana, he said, still has the opportunity and option to decide whether to define marriage as being between man and a woman.

"The question that is before the court and the nation in these discussions is a discussion of whether we will redefine marriage," Gregory said. He believes marriage should continue to be defined as a union between a man and a woman in a relationship that brings forth children.

"The question isn't so much about same-sex unions," he said. "The question is about marriage. What is marriage?"

One of the consequences of redefining the term marriage is losing the ability to "have a term to describe the union of a man and a woman that brings forth children and is uniquely situated to bring forth children," he said.

Gregory is one of 123 local pastors who have signed on with the organization Shepherds Organized, a coalition formed to assert the religious leaders' values by speaking out on hot-button social issues, including abortion, preserving traditional marriage and challenges to religious freedom.

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