Statements on Same Sex Marriage ruling

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman statements

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman today released the following statements in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges concerning marriage equality:

Governor Malloy said, “Today’s decision marks a historic moment in U.S. history and reaffirms everything that this great nation stands for — equality, liberty, and justice for all. It’s a day that Americans across our state and country can celebrate. While the State of Connecticut has recognized marriage for same-sex couples since 2008, today’s ruling means that our residents cannot lose their marriage rights while traveling from state to state. In short, couples will get the equality under the law that they rightfully deserve. My wife Cathy and I proudly join all of our friends, both gay and straight, to celebrate today’s ruling and its recognition that the Constitution of the United States serves to protect the rights of all its residents equally.”

Lt. Governor Wyman said, “This decision marks a victory for equality and inclusivity. At a time when our nation is again facing devastation wrought by violence and bias, this ruling reconnects us to our humanity – our common desire to establish safe communities, build strong families, and be treated fairly and justly under the law. I’m grateful to the pioneers, the leaders, the lawyers, and the couples that stood up to intolerance and bias. These men and women who fought a decades-long war to get us to today. Today’s victory furthers us as a nation, one that is committed to all of our citizens.”

Governor Dannel P. Malloy directed the LGBT pride flag to be flown at the Governor’s Residence in Hartford in recognition of the U.S. Supreme Court decision this morning.

“This is a historic moment, and we should recognize and celebrate its significance. Equality, freedom, justice and liberty — all recognized by the Supreme Court in this ruling that moves our nation forward. I am proud to fly the pride flag at the Residence today,” Governor Malloy said.

Congressman Jim Hime’s statement on historic Same Sex Marriage ruling

“This is a monumental and historic day. I am deeply moved by the millions of men and women who have campaigned tirelessly to change hearts and minds across the country, and grateful that the Supreme Court has recognized that the right to love and marry is fundamental. The fight for equality and against discrimination is never over, but today’s decision is a huge victory.”

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy statement on Supreme Court marriage equality ruling

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) released the following statement applauding the Supreme Court’s 5 to 4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that will make same-sex marriage legal in every state across the nation.

“Today I feel so proud to be a citizen of a country that can have the courage to get right what it got wrong for so long. Who you are, who you love, and what you feel should never be reasons for discrimination. Though we have a long way to go, the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality this morning takes a giant stride toward eliminating such prejudices across all institutions in America. I’m thrilled that the justices ruled in favor of common sense and equality, and I stand with them in my unwavering support for the LGBT community.”

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal statement on Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that states must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples:

“This ruling reaffirms why we are the greatest, freest nation in the history of the world — because we respect every individual’s equal right to liberty, no matter where they live, who they are, or whom they love. Today will go down in history as momentous for all Americans, making our nation an even brighter beacon of hope and opportunity for all.

“This ruling marks a transformative moment in our nation’s history, but it builds on everything before. Our gratitude goes to all whose courage and strength and struggle won this day.”

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s statement

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill today released the following statement in response to today’s 5-4 ruling of the United States Supreme Court in the case of Obergfell v. Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage in every state in the country.

“Today is a great day to be an American. This Supreme Court ruling is a huge step forward for human rights not only in our country, but as an example to the entire world. This decision is another extension of civil rights in the United States that started with the Declaration of Independence and has continued through the Emancipation proclamation, women’s suffrage, the Civil Rights act and the Voting Rights Act. In Connecticut we have long recognized that adults have the right to marry the partner of their choice, and love knows no boundaries. Now same sex couples from Connecticut can travel anywhere in the country and have their marriages recognized, as well as receive federal marriage benefits here at home. This ruling is a ringing confirmation of the fact that ordinary people – when civically engaged – really can change our society. And as the song says, there is no stopping us on the road to freedom.”

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