Democratic Candidates Praise Gay Marriage Ruling

Democratic Candidates Praise Gay Marriage Ruling
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Democratic presidential candidates were quick to praise the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling on Friday.

In Obergefell v. Hodges, the court decided, 5-4, that gay marriage is constitutionally protected and must be allowed by every state.

Hillary Clinton quickly took to Twitter: “Proud to celebrate a historic victory for marriage equality—& the courage & determination of LGBT Americans who made it possible.” Her campaign continued tweeting from her account, releasing a picture of the word “HISTORY” that featured her campaign’s logo and a map of “states where marriage equality is law.” All states bore the same color and the image was captioned, “Our new favorite map.”

In a statement, the former secretary of state also cautioned that “the struggle for LGBT rights doesn’t end with today’s triumph,” noting that many states still have laws that discriminate against the LGBT community. “Our work won’t be finished until every American can not only marry, but live, work, pray, learn and raise a family free from discrimination and prejudice,” Clinton said.

In a statement, Bernie Sanders labeled the ruling a “victory” and said, “Today the Supreme Court fulfilled the words engraved upon its building: ‘Equal justice under law.’ … I am very glad the Court has finally caught up to the American people.”

In an email releasing the statement, the Vermont senator’s campaign noted that he voted against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, backed Vermont’s civil union law in 2000—the first of its kind in state legislatures—and supported the state’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2009. Vermont was the first state to legalize gay marriage by legislative action rather than a court ruling.

Martin O’Malley also released a statement praising the court and connecting the decision to the campaign for marriage equality he championed in his home state of Maryland. “Today, the Supreme Court affirmed that marriage is a human right – not a state right,” said the former governor. “I'm grateful to the people of Maryland for leading the way on this important issue of human dignity and equality under the law. The American Dream is strongest when all are included.”

O’Malley first publicly backed gay marriage in July 2011, when he was still governor, and he helped usher through a bill legalizing it in 2012. An opposition campaign gathered enough signatures for a public referendum on the law, which voters upheld.

Lincoln Chafee, who stands at less than 1 percent in the RealClearPolitics poll average, tweeted, “Congratulations to Supreme Court on today's good ruling for marriage equality! #chafee2016.”

Vice President Joe Biden, who has not expressed any intention to run for the Oval Office but polls in third place in the RCP average, also expressed his sentiments via Twitter: “All marriages at their root are about love. In America, our laws now recognize that simple truth. #LoveWins today & we couldn't be prouder.”

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