This morning the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. This ruling overrides policy that the 18 remaining states had in place that did not allow same-sex marriages. Florida lifted it’s ban earlier this year. This is the second major ruling SCOTUS has made in as many days, yesterday it ruled to uphold subsidies for the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare” (story HERE).
Central Florida Lawmakers are taking to social media and releasing statements. This is a living post, we’ll update it as more responses come in.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer:
One of my more meaningful days in office was marrying 44 same-sex couples. Now couples in all 50 states have this right. #MarriageEquality
— Mayor Buddy Dyer (@orlandomayor) June 26, 2015
Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Orlando):
Love has conquered all! The Supreme Court has done the right thing morally and legally in confirming every American’s right to marry whom he or she chooses. This day has been a long time coming, and one that heralds another advance for civil rights in America. I had the honor of serving as the ring-bearer at the first same-sex marriage in Central Florida, and I look forward to celebrating at the weddings of my gay and lesbian friends across the nation.
Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant:
— Florida Democrats (@FlaDems) June 26, 2015
Florida Senator Marco Rubio:
“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. This decision short-circuits the political process that has been underway on the state level for years.
“While I disagree with this decision, we live in a republic and must abide by the law. As we look ahead, it must be a priority of the next president to nominate judges and justices committed to applying the Constitution as written and originally understood.
“The next president and all in public office must strive to protect the First Amendment rights of religious institutions and millions of Americans whose faiths hold a traditional view of marriage. This is a constitutional duty, not a political opinion. Our nation was founded on the human right of religious freedom, and our elected leaders have a duty to protect that right by ensuring that no one is compelled by law to violate their conscience.
“I firmly believe the question of same sex marriage is a question of the definition of an institution, not the dignity of a human being. Every American has the right to pursue happiness as they see fit. Not every American has to agree on every issue, but all of us do have to share our country. A large number of Americans will continue to believe in traditional marriage, and a large number of Americans will be pleased with the Court’s decision today. In the years ahead, it is my hope that each side will respect the dignity of the other.”
State Rep. Victor Torres (D-Orlando):
Florida Senator Bill Nelson:
The Supreme Court has ruled and gay marriage is the law of the land. I support this decision.
— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) June 26, 2015
Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-Jacksonville):
“With today’s decision, gay marriage will now be legal across the United States,This decision reminds us of the civil rights battle to permit intermarriage between blacks and whites, which culminated in the 1967 Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage between interracial couples. It was only a few years ago when the first same-sex couples were able to marry legally in our country. Discrimination in any form should not be sanctioned by U.S. law, and today’s decision affirms that equal justice under the law includes marriage equality for everyone.”
State Senator Darren Soto (D-Orlando):
— Darren Soto (@SenDarrenSoto) June 26, 2015