Who Said What on Historic Ruling of US Supreme Court on Gay Marriage

Some comments on Friday\'s historic Supreme Court ruling that gives same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states:

Published: 26th June 2015 10:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th June 2015 11:00 PM   |  A+A-


Some comments on Friday's 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.


"I'm trying to breathe. ... Now we can live anywhere in the U.S. and be a legally married couple, even if I am transferred. ... You can't always pick and choose where you live. My family doesn't have to worry anymore." —Matthew Mansell, who with his spouse, Johno Espejo, was among the plaintiffs.


"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.


"Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that." — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.


"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.


"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 Friday's ruling.


"The Supreme Court sided with love, justice and dignity over bigotry and intolerance. By holding that the Constitution protects the right of each American to marry the person they love, the Court vindicated the principle of equal justice under law." — Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.


"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.


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