Marriage is best defined as “the union between one man and one woman,” U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio asserted on Wednesday, while accusing the Supreme Court of over-stepping its role by striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.

“The sweeping language of today’s majority opinion is more troubling than the ruling itself, as it points to further interference by the Court in the years to come,” the Florida Republican said.

Rubio, a potential presidential candidate, argued that legislators in Florida and other states should determine their own definitions of marriage. “For the purposes of federal law, however, Congress had every right to adopt a uniform definition, and I regret that the Supreme Court would interfere with that determination,” he said.

“My hope is that those of us who believe in the sanctity and uniqueness of traditional marriage will continue to argue for its protection in a way that is respectful to the millions of American sons and daughters who are gay. It is also my hope that those who argue for the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex marriage will refrain from assailing the millions of Americans who disagree with them as bigots.”

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, a Democrat from West Palm Beach, took a far different view.

“Today’s Supreme Court rulings mark a giant step forward for marriage equality,” she said. “If we are truly a nation where the pursuit of happiness is for one and for all, then any person regardless of gender should be allowed to live in a committed relationship with the one they love.

“The Supreme Court rulings set us on this path, and there is more work to be done until there is equality in every state including Florida.”