Rep. Pete Visclosky announces support for same-sex marriage

Ind. lawmaker 2nd to make statement within week

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. - Another Indiana legislator on Thursday made public his support for same-sex marriage.

Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, released a statement on his Facebook page.

"I support marriage equality for all couples and believe that every single American should be able to marry the person they love. I believe that it is unfair that, under current law, same-sex couples are legally prohibited from taking advantage of the federal laws that provide financial and legal benefits to married couples," the statement read. "I believe that we can no longer allow the states to discriminate against same-sex marriages. Rather, I believe that the federal government should ensure that all consenting adults, no matter who they are or who they love, have the exact same marriage rights."

Visclosky is the second Indiana lawmaker within a week to pledge support for same-sex marriage rights. His district covers northwestern Indiana.

Sen. Joe Donnelly made the announcement on his Facebook page last Friday.

The U.S. Supreme Court is deliberating over whether to overturn laws that restrict same-sex couples from marrying.

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