Some comments on the historic Supreme Court ruling that gives same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states:
“From this day forward, it will simply be ‘marriage.'” — Lead plaintiff Jim Obergefell.
“There’s so much more work to be done to extend the full promise of America to every American. But today, we can say in no uncertain terms that we’ve made our union a little more perfect.” — President Barack Obama.
“This decision recognizes the fundamental truth that our love is all equal. Today is a great day for America. (hash)LoveWins” — Tweet from first lady Michelle Obama.
“Guided by my faith, I believe in traditional marriage. I believe the Supreme Court should have allowed the states to make this decision. I also believe that we should love our neighbor and respect others, including those making lifetime commitments. ” — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination.
“I believe that marriage, as the key to strong family life, is the most important institution in our society and should be between one man and one woman. People who disagree with the traditional definition of marriage have the right to change their state laws. That is the right of our people, not the right of the unelected judges or justices of the Supreme Court.” — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Republican presidential contender.
“While I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision, their ruling is now the law of the land. I call on Congress to make sure deeply held religious views are respected and protected. The government must never force Christians to violate their religious beliefs.” — Dr. Ben Carson, Republican presidential candidate.
“As a result of this decision, the only alternative left for the American people is to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage.” — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination.
“If accepted by Congress and this president, this decision will be a serious blow to religious liberty, which is the heart of the First Amendment.” — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination.
“So while we celebrate the progress won today, we must stand firm in our conviction to keep moving forward. For too many LGBT Americans who are subjected to discriminatory laws, true equality is still just out of reach.”— Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democratic presidential contender.
“We in the faith community have much work yet to do as we seek to end all discrimination against the LGBT community in America and the world,” — The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the National Cathedral, Washington.
“Every nation has laws limiting who and under what circumstances people can be married. This is because lawmakers have always understood that marriage does not exist just for the mutual satisfaction of the two people involved but for the betterment of society.” — Roman Catholic Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati.
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acknowledges that following today’s ruling by the Supreme Court, same-sex marriages are now legal in the United States. The Court’s decision does not alter the Lord’s doctrine that marriage is a union between a man and a woman ordained by God. While showing respect for those who think differently, the Church will continue to teach and promote marriage between a man and a woman as a central part of our doctrine and practice.” — The Utah-based Mormon church, in a statement.
“The U.S. bishops now need to reconcile themselves to the new social reality of marriage equality, as it is poised to spread to all 50 states. They can do so by entering into a dialogue with lesbian and gay Catholics to learn more about the reality of their lives and how their faith inspires their relationships.” — Francis DeBernardo, executive director, New Ways Ministry, a national ministry of justice and reconciliation for LGBT Catholics and the wider church community.
“Denying couples legal recognition of their relationship opens the door to widespread discrimination. This ruling will help close that door and marks a great step forward for human rights in the United States.” — Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for United Nations Secretary Gen. Ban Ki-Moon.
“It is the law of the land now. It is our opinion that that ruling does stand and they will need to follow it.” — Chris Villines, executive director of the Association of Arkansas Counties, whose group is advising clerks on the ruling.
“All human beings are created equal by God and thus deserve to be treated with love, dignity and respect. I am, however, disappointed that the Supreme Court disregarded the democratically-enacted will of millions of Americans by forcing states to redefine the institution of marriage.”— House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
“This decision is about creating a future where loving, committed families are able to live with dignity. This is about freedom. This is about love. This is transformative, not only for LGBT families, but for America.” — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D.-Calif.
“I cannot think of a better way of celebrating the conclusion of LGBT Pride Month than the sight of gay and lesbian couples publicly taking their vows and joining their straight peers in showing their love and commitment.”— Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
“The phone blew up once the ruling came through. We had all kinds of people calling.” — Nora Dietzel, Boon County, Missouri’s, recorder of deeds.
“This has always been about our religious freedoms and the persecution of those who believe same sex unions are wrong. Now the persecutions will begin.” — Phil Burress, leader of the Citizens for Community Values of Cincinnati, Ohio, which opposes gay marriage.
“No single ruling can fix the scarring prejudice and stereotypes that have plagued good people for so long, but this can go a long way in helping people discover their common humanity.” — Mary Bonauto, the civil rights project director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders who argued before the court on behalf of gay couples from Michigan and Kentucky.
“Today’s ruling strikes a blow to inequality and discrimination throughout the nation, and that’s good for Americans’ mental health.” — Renee Binder, president of the American Psychiatric Association, which in 1973 removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.