President Barack Obama praised the Supreme Court ruling today legalizing same-sex marriage. “Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times — a never-ending quest to ensure those words ring true for every single American,” said Obama.
The website and Twitter account for the White House had the hashtag, #Love Wins.
The President opined that the Supreme Court recognized the Constitution guarantees marriage equality and reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to equal protection under the law.
That sentiment was articulated by Justice Kennedy in writing the opinion of the court stating, “The right of same-sex couples to marry that is part of the liberty promised by the Fourteenth Amendment is derived, too, from that Amendment’s guarantee of the equal protection of the laws.
Kennedy continued, “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.”
Justice Scalia, in dissent said the ruling was a “judicial Putsch” and amounted to “hubris.” The Los Angeles Times described Scalia’s dissent as, “A display of judicial temperament right out of People vs. You Kids Git Off My Lawn.”
In Texas, former Congressman Pete Gallego, who is a candidate for that office, issued the following statement:
“As a kid, I watched my parents lead the fight against discrimination in Far West Texas. In those days, the discrimination was against Mexican Americans. I felt the scourge of discrimination and learned at an early age that discrimination is wrong. Though the targets of discrimination have changed over time, discrimination is as wrong now as it was then. Today’s ruling is a victory against discrimination. Discrimination — whether it be based on race, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, religion, age, disability, or personal beliefs — is still wrong. That is what I believe — and that is what I teach my son.”
Texas Representative Chris Turner of Grand Prairie said, “This is truly a historic day. Millions of men and women across our nation will have the ability to legally marry the person they love. Finally, LGBT Texans in committed relationships will be afforded the same rights as other married couples.”
Critical of the ruling were Governor Gregg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton. “Today’s ruling by five Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court marks a radical departure from countless generations of societal law and tradition. The impact of this opinion on our society and the familial fabric of our nation will be profound.” Said Paxton.
Paxton has urged county clerks to delay issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
Brewster County Clerk Berta Martinez said that while she fully intends to comply with the ruling, she is awaiting direction from the state on how to proceed.
Virginia Pallarez, Presidio County Clerk said she too is waiting for direction from the state and is not yet issuing same-sex licenses. Pallarez added, “We fully intend to comply [with the Supreme Court decision.]”
Jeff Davis County Clerk Jennifer Wright told the Gazette she would not issue any same-sex licenses until state family code is updated. Wright cited section 2.101 of the code that despite the Supreme Court ruling according to Wright, prohibits her from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Wright said, “I don’t even know what your talking about right now.”
The Austin American-Statesman reported that same-sex marriage licenses were being issued in Travis, Dallas, Bexar, Tarrant, Midland and El Paso counties.
Ministers from several denominations were available at the El Paso County Clerk office ready to perform ceremonies where two same-sex couples were married today according to the El Paso Times.
Reaction to the ruling from across the globe was swift and positive.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said the ruling was a “Historic triumph for the American gay rights movement.”
In Hong Kong, the South China Morning Post declared the ruling a “Landmark decision that triggered scenes of jubilation and tears of joy.”
In London, The Economist, citing a 1996 editorial advocating same-sex marriage said of today’s ruling, “If marriage is to fulfill its aspirations, it must be defined by the commitment of one to another for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health—not by the people it excludes.”