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SCOTUS Affirms Right of Gays to Marry, Virginians React


Two days in a row, two – or three, if you count the fair housing case – excellent decisions by the Supreme Court (and no, I can’t believe I’m actually saying those words!). Yesterday, it was the Affordable Care Act and Fair Housing, today it’s gay marriage (in a 5-4 decision which should have been wider). Great stuff, and a rebuke to the Ken Cuccinellis, E.W. Jacksons, and others (e.g., a lot of the people who showed up at last night’s Fairfax County School Board meeting) who continue to live in the intolerant past, while the country moves ahead despite of them. Also, congratulations to Virginia AG Mark Herring, who has done superb work on this issue, in spite of brain-dead attacks by homophobes/right wingnuts against him. Here’s a key phrase from the SCOTUS ruling:

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

Also, here’s Sen Tim Kaine’s statement. I’ll post more statements in the comments section when I see them.

By recognizing the constitutional right of all people to marry the person they love, the Supreme Court has guaranteed that, across the country, same-sex couples will have their relationships treated with the full legal dignity and respect that they deserve. With our country’s fundamental ideal that ‘all men are created equal’ in mind, I welcome the end of discriminatory bans that have, until today, denied same-sex couples the privileges, responsibilities, and joys of marriage. This is an important step on our continuing quest to create a more perfect union.

  • True Blue

    Thanks to AG Herring for recognition of marriage equality, early on.

  • Virginia Organizing Chairperson Sandra A. Cook issued the following statement on behalf of the organization after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality today:

    “Virginia Organizing rejoices today with same-sex couples who will finally have the same rights to marriage as heterosexual couples. Virginia Organizing firmly believes that no person should be discriminated against because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. Today’s decision by the highest court in our nation shows that the United States will no longer support this form of discrimination. Congratulations to all the couples waiting for this decision and celebrating today!”

  • “The Supreme Court of the universe dissents and He (GOD) will have the final word on what a marriage is.” — EW Jackson

    Fortunately, we don’t live in a theocracy. Also fortunately, the vast majority of Americans don’t adhere to EW Jackson’s extreme, rigid, intolerant version of religion.

  • “Hallelujah! SCOTUS gets it right in recognizing ‪#‎MarriageEquality‬. ‪#‎LoveIsLove‬”

  • Today, in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, Virginia Democrats Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement:

    “Thanks to the hard work of our Governor, Attorney General, and Democratic legislators at all levels, Virginia has been ahead of the curve as a place for all lovers. I’m proud we’ve set an example for other states to follow, and even prouder that the Supreme Court has truly and finally legitimized our success.

    Virginians have never been afraid to fight for what’s right, from the Loving case decades ago to our brave same-sex marriage plaintiffs today. Our work towards equality for all Virginians is not yet done, and we celebrate today with an eye towards making a better tomorrow.”


    ~ Landmark Obergefell v. Hodges decision legalizes same-sex marriage in all 50 states  ~

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges ruling that every American has an equal right to marry, regardless of sexual orientation:

    “This is a remarkable day for our nation.  This decision ends the debate about whether states can deny the licensing or recognition of same-sex marriages and ensures that all loving couples will now be treated equally under the law. Respecting every American’s constitutional right to marry strengthens our families and our communities.

    “While we celebrate this historic milestone, we must continue to work to guarantee the fundamental rights and equal protections of all Americans.”  

    Sen. Warner joined 167 House members and 43 of his Senate colleagues in filing an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to make marriage equality the law of the land in all 50 states. He is also an original co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would fully repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, sections of which the Supreme Court found to be unconstitutional in June 2013.

    As Governor of Virginia, Sen. Warner was the first to extend anti-discrimination protections to LGBT state workers, and he actively campaigned against the 2005 Virginia Marriage Agreement banning same-sex marriage, which was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. District Court in Bostic v. Schaefer.

  • Why we like to call him KOOKinelli! LOL

    Today’s Supreme Court decision eliminating marriage as an institution with any meaning is a sad day in our history. And in only a short time, we will learn that it was not the end point for those that seek to undermine the very foundation of this nation. You will see this ruling used to impose the left’s views on the rest of us. Note that I say “impose.” Your quiet opposition will not be tolerated. They have operated under the banner of “tolerance” even while being utterly intolerant of the rest of us. As my friend Erick Erickson has said many times: “You will be made to care.”

  • Love & the Constitution have prevailed at the Supreme Court! Marriage equality is law of the land! Thanks to the thousands who have fought the good fight!

  • Attorney General Herring issued the following statement on today’s ruling:

    “This is an extraordinary moment in our nation’s recognition that Americans cannot and will not be denied dignity, rights, and responsibilities, including those of marriage, simply because of who they love,” said Attorney General Herring. “Thousands of newly-married Virginians and their families now know their bonds are protected by the highest law of the land, sending a powerful message about what a loving family can look like in the 21st century.

    “It has been one of the highest honors of my career to help the Commonwealth lead the nation on this fundamental civil rights issue, after past fights on the wrong side of issues like school desegregation, interracial marriage bans, and equal opportunity for women. Our work to achieve equality and a level playing field for every Virginian is not done.  I look forward to helping protect our workers from discrimination based on real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, and to making communities safer for LGBT Virginians of all ages.  Today’s ruling is a giant step in that direction.

    “As Judge Arenda Wright Allen wrote in her decision that first struck down Virginia’s marriage ban:

    ‘We have arrived upon another moment in history when We the People becomes more inclusive, and our freedom more perfect… The men and women, and the children too, whose voices join in noble harmony with Plaintiffs today, also ask for fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as it is in this Court’s power, they and all others shall have.’

    “She was right. They asked for fairness, they now have it, and they shall have it forever.”

  • June 26, 2015 (Washington, DC) – Congressman Don Beyer applauded today’s Supreme Court ruling to require all states to recognize same-sex marriage as a Constitutionally protected right.

    “Future generations will look back on today’s Supreme Court decision to guarantee marriage equality nationwide as a watershed moment in American  history,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “Gay rights are human rights and today we have ensured that all Americans, regardless of their sexuality, have the right to share the rest of their lives with the person they love. I could not be prouder to stand with my LGBTQ constituents and celebrate this incredible moment.”

    The Court’s 5-4 ruling will ensure that legally married same-sex couples will be recognized by the federal government, bringing full marriage equality to the United States.

  • I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision, which overturns all state bans on same-sex marriage and guarantees gay and lesbian couples the fundamental right to marry, regardless of where they live. This is a huge victory for same-sex couples throughout the country, who can no longer be denied the right to marry who they love. In the wake of this decision states will have to provide clarity on numerous legal issues as they implement the law, so we must continue our efforts to ensure that all Virginians are treated equally, and that Virginia remains a welcoming place for everyone.

  • Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that marriage is a fundamental right that the Constitution grants to same-sex couples:

    “Today’s opinion represents a profound moment in the history of our nation and our Commonwealth. The justices have acknowledged that marriage is a fundamental right and any effort to interfere with that right is a violation of equal protection. I believe Virginia must be open and welcoming to everyone, and there is no room in our Commonwealth for putting up walls that separate individuals from that right based on whom they love. This decision is a victory for equality and a reminder that building a new Virginia economy requires us to make our Commonwealth a place where everyone can live, work and raise a family without facing discrimination.”

  • Today’s decision should not be a surprise. When the Court declined to grant cert in Bostic v. Rainey, which overturned Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban, it became clear that the Supreme Court was following a long history of consistent jurisprudence on marriage, beginning with its 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia. The Loving Court unanimously stated marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man.’ And today’s decision ensures that this basic right is now available to all same-sex couples no matter where they reside in our nation.