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On Monday, Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) became the eighth current Republican member of Congress to come out in support of same-sex marriage.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Jolly said he believes a state should not define the “sanctity” of one’s marriage despite his own Christian beliefs. He told the Post:
As a matter of my Christian faith, I believe in traditional marriage. But as a matter of Constitutional principle I believe in a form of limited government that protects personal liberty. To me, that means that the sanctity of one’s marriage should be defined by their faith and by their church, not by their state. Accordingly, I believe it is fully appropriate for a state to recognize both traditional marriage as well as same-sex marriage, and therefore I support the recent decision by a Monroe County Circuit Judge.
Jolly’s statement comes in response to the recent overturn of the marriage ban in Monroe County, Florida. The court ruling is limited to only that county.
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