The legalization of same-sex marriage has been described as the biggest civil rights transformation in a half-century by Bloomberg News. With the United States Presidential election just around the corner, the 2016 Presidential candidates all reacted to the landmark Supreme Court ruling.
The leading contender of all the 2016 Presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton, wasted no time updating her campaign logo for the historic 5-4 Supreme Court ruling. Clinton aptly tweeted “Proud”.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 26, 2015
Not so long ago, Hillary Clinton declared that “marriage is not just a band, but a sacred bond between man and a woman.”
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush denounced the Supreme Court ruling, stating that he believed that the decision should have been made at the state level.
Hillary Clinton’s chief rival on the Democratic ticket, Senator Bernie Sanders, tweeted his approval of the Supreme Court ruling.
Today the Supreme Court fulfilled the words engraved upon its building: ‘Equal justice under law.’ #SCOTUSMarriage
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 26, 2015
United States Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) noted that while he disagree with this decision, citizens must “abide by the law”. However, Rubio believes that the next President “must strive to protect the First Amendment rights of religious institutions and millions of Americans whose faith hold a traditional view of marriage.”
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has been dogged with the issue of same-sex marriage in almost every mainstream media interview since entering the Presidential race. Carson stated that he supports “same-sex civil union”; however, he maintained that “marriage is a religious service and not a government form”.
Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is an outside contender among the 2016 Presidential candidates. With that said, O’Malley was quick to remind the public that he led the way as Maryland governor to legalize same-sex marriage.
So grateful to the people of MD for leading the way on this important issue of human dignity and equality under the law. #MarriageEquaility
— Martin O’Malley (@MartinOMalley) June 26, 2015
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is the latest to join the 2016 Presidential candidates and released a full statement demanding religious liberty.
Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that. http://t.co/1Kfw9l0KMG
— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) June 26, 2015
With the Supreme Court recently ruling on two important issues, the 2016 Presidential candidates will have much to talk about throughout the coming weeks and months. Although the Supreme Court has made their landmark ruling in regard to same-sex marriage, the issue will be an important talking point leading up to the 2016 Presidential election.
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