Ohio leaders react to Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling

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A group of protesters gathered outside President Barack Obama's fundraising event in Beverly Hills on May 27, 2010 asking him to overturn the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. Two supporters of the LGBT community are pictured waving a rainbow flag. (Michael Cary/CNN)

CLEVELAND- In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court announced on Friday that states cannot ban same-sex marriage.

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio:

“The issue of marriage equality is one that divides people of principle, and I understand that.  In 2013, I decided to support marriage equality after I came to understand this issue better in the context of my own family.  I can’t help but view today’s Supreme Court decision through that same lens.  And as a father, I welcome today’s decision.  As I have said before, I would have preferred for this issue to be resolved by the democratic process in the states because I think you build a more lasting consensus that way.  Now the Court has reached its decision, I hope we can move past the division and polarization the issue has caused.”

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown:

“Today the Supreme Court has finally put our nation on the right side of history. Marriage equality is now the law of the land across our country, including in Ohio, and states should immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, who have waited too long already.

“This decision comes in no small part because of the courage of Ohioan Jim Obergefell, and all those who have fought for marriage equality. Anyone who has heard Jim tell his story can’t fail to be moved. It’s long past time that our laws recognized his marriage and all other same-sex marriages.”

Bishop Richard Lennon of the Diocese of Cleveland:

“Today the United States Supreme Court released its ruling that states are required to license a marriage between two people of the same sex.  This is not the ruling hoped for by the Catholic Church, which believes that marriage is by definition between one man and one woman.  For centuries, this definition has been universally accepted in virtually all cultures – secular as well as religious.”

“Every nation has laws limiting who can be married and under what circumstances. This is because lawmakers always have understood that marriage does not exist just for the mutual satisfaction of the two people involved, but for the betterment of society. Traditional marriage is the cradle of the family, the basic building block of society. As Pope Francis has reminded us, every child has a right to be raised by two parents, a father and a mother. Both parents are important, and they are not interchangeable. The sad reality that so many children are deprived of this right because of the crisis in traditional marriage does not make it any less important. It is deeply disappointing and worrisome that our courts do not understand this. ”

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson:

“Today, the United States Supreme Court made a key decision regarding marriage equality. This decision will help move our country forward in the right direction – guaranteeing that everyone has the right to marry whom they choose and receive the same benefits of legal marriage as do their neighbors, relatives and friends. This is the right decision for our country and for Cleveland. I have long been a supporter of marriage equality and I am happy for all those whose lives are impacted.”

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine:

“The Attorney General’s Office has an obligation and duty to defend the constitutionality of Ohio laws, including constitutional amendments passed by Ohio voters. Ohio’s involvement in this case has been to defend the voter-passed amendment. While Ohio argued that the Supreme Court should let this issue ultimately be decided by the voters, the Court has now made its decision.”

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland:

“This victory isn’t just a victory for LGBT Ohioans – it’s a victory for equality and a victory for all Ohioans. Too many couples in Ohio and across the country have waited far too long to marry who they love, and they shouldn’t have to wait a moment longer, so I urge Governor Kasich to act quickly to right this wrong and implement the Court’s decision immediately.”

Equality Ohio executive director Elyzabeth Holford:

“Today the Supreme Court affirmed what we have always known: we are equal. Today, across America, the law of the land finally matches our truth: we are equal. Today, as an attorney, an advocate, and a woman deeply in love I can say to my fiancée, my family, and my friends: we are equal. Yes, we are celebrating. And Equality Ohio will continue working for legal and lived equality across this great state.

“We work for fully inclusive nondiscrimination laws. We work for economic justice, for racial justice, for transgender justice, and for issues that affect our aging and youth populations. With today’s victory, our work is refreshed and renewed and re-invigorated.”

Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio:

“The promotion of fairness and justice is a hallmark of who we are as Americans. All men and women deserve to be able to love and marry whomever they choose and today’s decision will go down in history as a win for equality for all Americans. Marriage rights should not depend on what state you live in or who you love, but the understanding that all men and women should be treated equally. Today love won.”

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish:

“I am thrilled that marriage equality has finally arrived and all couples and children now have the same rights throughout the United States.  The Supreme Court got it right.

“I am pleased they recognized our argument in the Amicus Brief we filed in February, that children of same sex parents are entitled to the same rights and privileges of our Constitution as any child.  I am also proud of our advocacy and gratified that our principals of inclusion have been vindicated.

“This historic victory will undoubtedly move our nation and region forward.”

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