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Lindsey Graham releases statement on same-sex marriage decision

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 U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R, SC) released a statement Friday morning after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

Graham's statement is below:

"I am a proud defender of traditional marriage and believe the people of each state should have the right to determine their marriage laws. However, the Supreme Court has ruled that state bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional, and I will respect the Court's decision. Furthermore, given the quickly changing tide of public opinion on this issue, I do not believe that an attempt to amend the U.S. Constitution could possibly gain the support of three-fourths of the states or a supermajority in the U.S. Congress. Rather than pursing a divisive effort that would be doomed to fail, I am committing myself to ensuring the protection of religious liberties of all Americans. No person of faith should ever be forced by the federal government to take action that goes against his or her conscience or the tenets of their religion. As president, I would staunchly defend religious liberty in this nation and would devote the necessary federal resources to the protection of all Americans from any effort to hinder the free and full exercise of their rights. While we have differences, it is time for us to move forward together respectfully and as one people."

Graham, a two-term U.S. senator and former U.S. House representative is running for president in 2016.

Read more about the Supreme Court's decision here.

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