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Donnelly for, Coats against court decision on marriage

Sens. Dan Coats, R-Ind., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., expressed opposite views on the Supreme Court’s ruling Wednesday that struck down the 1996 law that denies federal benefits to people in same-sex marriages.

Donnelly said he supports the decision, while Coats disagreed with the ruling.

“Like most Americans, I strongly believe in our country’s commitment to ensuring that all people receive equal protection under our laws,” Donnelly said in a statement. “The Supreme Court’s ruling today affirmed this principle and, in doing so, again reminded us of something that binds us all together in this great country.”

Coats said in a statement, “I am disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision and continue to believe that marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman.”

Coats voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act as a member of the Senate in 1996.

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