Friday, June 26, 2015
Reactions from GOP presidential candidates after Supreme Court gay marriage ruling
Several of the current and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates commented after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday that all 50 states must now allow gay marriages.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker:
“I believe this Supreme Court decision is a grave mistake.
“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.”
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal:
“This decision will pave the way for an all out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree with this decision.
“This ruling must not be used as pretext by Washington to erode our right to religious liberty.”
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush:
“Guided by my faith, I believe in traditional marriage. It is now crucial that as a country we protect religious freedom and the right of conscience and also not discriminate.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee:
“The Supreme Court has spoken with a very divided voice on something only the supreme being can do-redefine marriage.
“I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch.
We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.”
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum:
“Today, five unelected justices decided to redefine the foundational unit that binds together our society without public debate or input.
“The stakes are too high and the issue too important to simply cede the will of the people to five unaccountable justices.”
Dr. Ben Carson:
“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.”
“Moving forward, all of our effort should be focused on protecting the religious liberties and freedom of conscience for those Americans that profoundly disagree with today’s decision.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham:
“I am a proud defender of traditional marriage and believe the people of each state should have the right to determine their marriage laws.
"However, the Supreme Court has ruled that state bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional, and I will respect the court’s decision.”
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio:
“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.”
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry:
“I fundamentally disagree with the court rewriting the law and assaulting the 10th Amendment.
“Our founding fathers did not intend for the judicial branch to legislate from the bench, and as president,
"I would appoint strict Constitutional conservatives who will apply the law as written."
Ohio Gov. John Kasich:
“I’m obviously disappointed because I’ve always felt that marriage is one of these traditions between a man and woman.
“But the court has spoken. And I’ve said all long that when the court makes a decision, we abide by the law of the land.
"And they made their determination and we just move on.”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:
“Our job is going to be to support the law of the land and [gay marriage], under the Supreme Court ruling, is now the law of the land.
“But I don’t agree with the way its been done.”