Congressman Richard Hanna says he's heard from many constituents since he signed a legal brief that was submitted to the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage.

The Oneida County Republican says he added his name to the statement because it's legal in New York state for gay people to marry.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Hanna said it's an issue whose "time has come."

Hanna said there's "probably nothing more conservative for two people to do than make a lifetime commitment."

The congressman said gay people are discriminated against by the federal government with respect to tax and other issues.

Hanna said the response to his position from constituents has been "overwhelmingly positive." While most people in his district who have expressed an opinion have been happy, he said he's heard from some who are not pleased.

Hanna said he respects and understands those who disagree with him on the issue.

The Supreme Court this week is hearing arguments on two same-sex marriage cases.