(Lehigh Valley, PA) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) made the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges:

“The Supreme Court’s action today in Obergefell v. Hodges settles the Constitutional issue of marriage equality in this country. Marriage equality has been the law of the land in Pennsylvania for over a year now.  Life is too short to have the force of government stand in the way of two adults whose pursuit of happiness includes marriage.  As a Republican, I value equality, personal freedom and a more limited role for government in our lives. I believe this philosophy should apply to the issue of marriage as well.  That said, churches and other religious institutions should never be compelled by the government to perform wedding ceremonies that violate basic tenets of their faith.

To all those Americans today who are able to marry their loved ones and have that marriage recognized everywhere throughout the country, congratulations.”

CONTACT: Shawn Millan (610) 770-3490