Presidential candidates from both parties spoke on June 26 shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriages in all 50 states.
Republican former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s statement was considerably moderate in political terms, saying that he was “guided by his faith” but that he believed “that we should love our neighbor and respect others, including those making lifetime commitments.”
Businesswoman Carly Fiorina lambasted the court overstepping its authority. The ruling “is the latest example of an activist court ignoring its constitutional duty” and that the “responsibility should have remained with states and voters where this conversation has continued in churches, town halls and living rooms around the country.”
Sen. Marco Rubio did not agree with the court’s decision, but understood the position the justices faced.
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“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 justices and judges committed to applying the Constitution as written and originally understood,” he said.
Mike Huckabee, known for his conservative religious views, referred to just that in his statement denouncing the ruling.
“The Supreme Court can no more repeal the laws of nature and nature’s God on marriage than it can the laws of gravity. Under our Constitution, the court cannot write a law, even though some cowardly politicians will wave the white flag and accept it without realizing that they are failing their sworn duty to reject abuses from the court.”
Recently declared candidate Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also referenced his religious beliefs in his statement.
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“Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that,” he wrote.
In a tweet, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton voiced her support of the court’s decision.
“Proud to celebrate a historic victory for marriage equality — & the courage & determination of LGBT Americans who made it possible,” she said.
On June 26, the Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 that states cannot ban same-sex marriages from occurring, virtually granting the right to all Americans in all 50 states. This comes just one day after the court voted to uphold the Affordable Care Act for the second time in its history.
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