SCOTUS rules in favor of gay marriage
Read the full text of today's historic Supreme Court ruling: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf
UPDATE: Franklin County Commissioners celebrate ruling:
Today's U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Marriage Equality is a victory for love. The Franklin County Commissioners celebrate with all Central Ohio residents this affirmation that all of us are equal under the law. We congratulate our many friends and relatives who, for the first time, will be able to enjoy the same right to marriage as their neighbors regardless of whom they happen to love. The fight for marriage equality has been long, but rewarding. We will continue to press for equal rights for all Franklin County residents in the workplace and wherever they may still be treated as second-class citizens.
UPDATE: Attorney General Mike DeWine issues statement:
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)-Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine issued the following statement following the United States Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges:
"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."
UPDATE: Columbus City Council has released the following statement:
Members of the Columbus City Council applauded the Supreme Court of the United States' decision to legalize same-sex marriages across the country.
Council President Andrew J. Ginther:
"We have known for a many years, whether through the courts or the ballot box, marriage equality was coming to Ohio. Now the nation's highest court has confirmed the values we have long held in Columbus, that all relationships are equal and that all marriages matter."
Councilmember Zach Klein:
"There's no place for discrimination based on whom you are and whom you love -- love and equality wins."
Councilmember Eileen Y. Paley:
"Marriage should be equal for all in a country founded on freedom and equality."
CouncilmemberShannon G. Hardin:
"Today is an historic day for all Americans. Like so many decisions before this one, the Supreme Court of the United States has pulled the country forward and away from a world in which some citizens enjoy certain privileges while others do not, and marriage equality is now the law of the land. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, 'The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.' I encourage all people to continue bending that arc until all social inequality is gone and to focus our energies to the other great issues of our time, including poverty, racism and crime. I count today as one of the days that makes me most proud to be an American, an Ohioan and a resident of Columbus."