(WOIO) –Politicians and organizations are voicing their opinions on the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage. Reaction nationwide seems to be mixed.
“Today, the United States Supreme Court made a key decision regarding marriage equality. This decision will help move our country forward in the right direction – guaranteeing that everyone has the right to marry whom they choose and receive the same benefits of legal marriage as do their neighbors, relatives and friends. This is the right decision for our country and for Cleveland. I have long been a supporter of marriage equality and I am happy for all those whose lives are impacted.”
“I join all Ohioans in applauding today’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to grant all couples the right to marry if they so choose. From this day forward, all families – including families like mine – have the opportunity to experience the full depth and breadth of constitutional equality and the freedom to celebrate the love that binds our family, and all families – including those of same sex couples.
This ruling gives me hope that sometime in the near future, Jean Kosmac, my partner of 21 years, and I will gather our daughters, friends and family and legally marry – a decision the State of Ohio has denied to us until today. We have much work to do to achieve full equality for members of the LGBT community, but this decision affirms our families and grants them the dignity and respect we have sought for ourselves and our children.”
Former Ohio Governor and U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland:
“This victory isn’t just a victory for LGBT Ohioans – it’s a victory for equality and a victory for all Ohioans. Too many couples in Ohio and across the country have waited far too long to marry who they love, and they shouldn’t have to wait a moment longer, so I urge Governor Kasich to act quickly to right this wrong and implement the Court’s decision immediately.
I had the opportunity to spend some time with the plaintiff in the marriage equality case, fellow Ohioan Jim Obergefell, this weekend, and I so admire his courage. I’m thrilled America is one big step closer to the day when everyone is treated with respect and given equal rights under the law, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Today is a day for celebration, and to remember there is still more work to do to reach full equality under the law.”
Christine Link, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio:
“This is a momentous win for freedom, equality, and most of all, love. This ruling will bring joy to families in Ohio and across the country, and a final victory to the decades-long freedom-to-marry movement. We hope that our officials move swiftly to implement the ruling in Ohio, which was one of 13 states with marriage discrimination. Same-sex couples and their families have waited long enough.
While we celebrate marriage equality as a nation, the ACLU will continue to work towards equality, especially nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals here in Ohio and the nation. It’s unacceptable that hardworking LGBT people can still be fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes, and denied service in restaurants and shops simply for being who they are.”
“Today’s historic ruling is a long-awaited victory for all those who chose to take a stand for marriage equality, and we applaud the Supreme Court for affording same-sex couples the respect and dignity they deserve under the law. At United, we foster an inclusive culture where employees are accepted, valued and treated fairly, and we remain committed to proudly serving the diverse customers who fly with us.”
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