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Hillary Clinton Praises Marriage Equality Ruling, Calls GOP 'Party Of The Past'

| by Sean Kelly

Hillary Clinton praised the Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality and Obamacare, and slammed the GOP for its positions in the process.

“It was an emotional roller coaster of a day,” she said at an event in Virginia on Friday. “This morning, love triumphed in the highest court in our land. Equality triumphed, and America triumphed.”

Speaking at a Jefferson Jackson fundraiser at George Mason University, Clinton wasted no time getting to the Republican Party and their opposition to the historic ruling.

“Instead of trying to turn back the clock, [Republicans] should be joining us in saying no to discrimination once and for all,” she said. “This morning, they all decried the Supreme Court's ruling. I am asking them, please, don't make the rights, the hopes, of any American into a political football for this 2016 campaign. LGBT Americans should be free not just to marry, but to live, learn and work, just like everybody else."

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While most in the Republican presidential field strongly opposed the ruling, candidates Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida, and Lindsey Graham, South Carolina senator, called on their party to accept the ruling. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, however, called for a constitutional amendment that would leave such decisions up to individual states. 

In her speech, Clinton also addressed the Supreme Court ruling earlier in the week that authorized the Affordable Care Act to “provide federal tax credits to states with federal marketplaces,” according to CNN.

“All the Republican candidates were furious that earlier this week the Supreme Court once again confirmed what we have all known and believed for years: (Obamacare) is settled law and it is here to stay,” she said. 

Her message to the GOP regarding the two rulings was straightforward and direct, labeling it the “party of the past, not the future.”

“Even after two Supreme Court verdicts and a presidential election, they are still fighting to take us backwards,” she said of the Supreme Court rulings and the 2012 presidential election. “I think we can sum up the message from the Court and the American people: 'Move on.'"

Sources: CNN, Time

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