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State rep ‘disappointed, but not surprised’ at ruling that legalizes same-sex marriage

June 27, 2014

    State Rep. Matt Lehman was disappointed, but not surprised, when a federal judge on Wednesday struck down Indiana’s ban on gay marriage. But the Berne Republican lawmaker was philosophical about the ruling, saying the state legislature will simply “go back to work on issues important to Hoosiers and let this (gay marriage debate) play its way out through the courts.”
    U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled Wednesday that the state’s ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional. The Indiana attorney general’s office has asked Young to stay his order  requiring the state to recognize gay marriages performed in Indiana and other states.
    Lehman, who has long-stated the opinion the state should recognize legal unions only between a man and a woman, on Thursday said his biggest concern with the federal court ruling is it’s impact on state agencies and resources.
    “I’m disappointed mostly because the ruling shows our judicial branch is over-reaching into the side of legislative powers,” Lehman said.
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