INDIANAPOLIS – On Friday, Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) released the following statement in response to the United States Supreme Court decision on Obergefell v. Hodges.

“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.”

“This is a huge step in a long, winding journey of reaching marriage equality.”

“I am happy with this outcome but we are still far from where we need to be to reach Hoosier equality. The next step is to push even harder on expanding civil rights in our state Constitution to include same-sex marriage.”

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