INDIANAPOLIS (WDRB) -- Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says his office will defend Indiana's statutory marriage definition from a legal challenge filed in federal court Friday.

That's according to a news release from the Attorney General's office.

"As Indiana's Attorney General I will represent our state and defend our statute now and on any appeal to the best of my skill and ability, as I swore an oath to do.  As state government's lawyer, I must defend the state's authority to define marriage at the state level within Indiana's borders.  People of goodwill have sincere differences of opinion on the marriage definition, but I hope Hoosiers can remain civil to each other as this legal question is litigated in the federal court," Zoeller said.

The Indiana Attorney General's Office previously has successfully defended Indiana's marriage-definition statute from other legal challenges in state court.  In January 2013, the Indiana Attorney General's Office was one of the lead authors of two amicus briefs filed in the United States Supreme Court in support of other states' laws defining marriage in the traditional way, in the cases Hollingsworth v. Perry and U.S. v. Windsor.

NOTE: Here is a statement of one year ago where  Attorney General Zoeller said he would defend Indiana's statutory marriage definition if it were challenged:

The Attorney General as defendant's lawyer has not yet been served with the legal challenge announced today, Love et al v. Pence, but Zoeller said his office is prepared to defend the Indiana statute from the plaintiffs' lawsuit. 

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