WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. (All times Eastern)
For the second time in two days, the Supreme Court has struck at the heart of the Republican Party platform.
Yet the conservative outrage that followed the high court’s decision to uphold President Barack Obama’s health care law isn’t nearly as intense after Friday’s ruling to give same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states.
Instead there have been tepid responses from some Republicans who, it appears, would like the gay marriage debate to fade away. The sharp contrast highlights the challenges for a Republican Party searching for a winning playbook in 2016.
The GOP presidential rivals are ready to bet big that their opposition to Obama’s health care law will resonate with voters for a third consecutive election.
But facing a seismic shift in public opinion on gay marriage, several of the party’s most ambitious appear ready to turn the page on a social issue the GOP used for a generation to motivate its most passionate voters to turn out and vote.
Two important religious groups that oppose gay marriage are denouncing the Supreme Court decision legalizing it in every state.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says it is “profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.”
And evangelical leaders who are part of the Southern Baptist Convention, along with other churches and Christian groups, say there can be no capitulation in defending traditional marriage because “biblical authority” requires the struggle against same-sex marriage to continue.
About 90 evangelical leaders, pastors and writers in the group issued a declaration on marriage, titled “Here We Stand.” They acknowledge a “cultural shift” on the question but say evangelical churches must assert what they call the “enduring truth that marriage consists of one man and one woman.”
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, is president of the bishops conference. He says that just as the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion over 40 years ago did not settle that question, the gay marriage decision Friday won’t put that debate to rest. He says neither decision is rooted in the truth and both will eventually fail.
The Supreme Court decision affirming gay marriage is having a swift impact in states that banned same-sex couples from getting a marriage license.
Soon after the court’s 5-4 decision, gay marriages were underway in Georgia, Ohio, Texas, Arkansas, Michigan, Nebraska and South Dakota, at least, with the gates opening fast in still more states. Altogether, gay marriage was banned in 14 states until the ruling.
In Kentucky, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear bucked the state’s Democratic attorney general last year and hired private lawyers to defend the state’s same-sex marriage ban in court. But after the Supreme Court’s decision, he’s telling county clerks across the state to issue marriage licenses to gay couples immediately.
In Ohio, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley performed a simple ceremony less than two hours after the court’s decision was announced.
Whaley told Tim Walsh and Kery Gray: “In hard times, love offers hope.” The casually dressed pair repeated vows and moved their rings from their right hands to their left ring fingers.
The mayor told them: “I declare that you are now husband and husband according to the laws of the state of Ohio.”
In Mississippi, couples started applying for marriage licenses within moments of the Supreme Court ruling backing gay marriage.
But the attorney general, Jim Hood, says same-sex marriages can’t take place right away. Hood, who’s a Democrat, says a federal appeals court in New Orleans must lift a hold on a gay-marriage case from Mississippi before licenses can be handed out.
Tiffany Brosh and Laurin Locke filled out an application in Hinds County. They were disappointed they could not legally marry Friday. But Brosh says: “Good things come to those who wait.”
Virginia’s Roman Catholic bishops are voicing distress over the Supreme Court ruling affirming gay marriage.
They’re asking Catholics to pray, live and speak out about what they call the “true nature of marriage” — a union of man and woman.
In a joint statement, the bishops say redefining marriage does not advance anyone’s rights, especially children’s.
Yet the bishops say all people deserve dignity, love and respect.
President Barack Obama has called the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case on same-sex marriage to congratulate him on the court’s ruling.
James Obergefell took the call from Obama on the plaza in front of the Supreme Court, where he was celebrating the ruling that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. He put the call on speaker so the rest of the country could listen in.
The president told Obergefell that his case was “going to bring about a lasting change in this country” and “it’s pretty rare when that happens.”
Obergefell thanked Obama and told him: “This means an incredible amount to me.”
He hung up and mouthed, “Oh my god.”
Obergefell says it was “stunning” to get the call and not something he’s ever dreamed would happen.
Just moments before the president’s call, Obergefell had spoken to a cheering crowd outside the court and dedicated the achievement to his deceased husband, John.
Gay marriages are already underway in states where they were banned until the Supreme Court ruling Friday.
Several gay couples have received marriage licenses in Atlanta since the decision came out. One of those couples, Petrina Bloodworth and Emma Foulkes, were wed in a morning ceremony and are the first same-sex couple to be married in Georgia’s Fulton County. So says court clerk James Brock.
In Travis County, Texas, Gena Dawson and Charlotte Rutherford were the first same-sex couple in the state to receive a marriage license, within two hours of the ruling.
As well, a same-sex marriage license has been issued in Arkansas, another state that banned gay marriage until the Supreme Court weighed in. This was in Faulkner County, almost immediately after the ruling came out.
President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court’s ruling giving same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide represents a day when justice “arrives like a thunderbolt.”
The president, in a Rose Garden statement, said the court ruling has “made our union a little more perfect.”
It was not until 2012 that Obama announced his own support for gay marriage. Now, he says, the court ruling will end the patchwork of laws on marriage across the country and the uncertainty that they create for same-sex couples.
Immediately after the ruling, Obama tweeted: “Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins”
There’s division among several of the Republican candidates for president about the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has condemned the decision by what he calls “five unelected justices” who make up the ruling’s 5-4 majority.
Santorum is a social conservative, and he says the court has redefined “the foundational unit that binds together our society, without public debate or input.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tweets that the ruling is “irrational” and “threaten religious liberty” and Congress must act.
Another Republican hopeful, former technology executive Carly Fiorina, also takes issue with the court redefining marriage, as she sees it. But she doesn’t dispute the conclusion. She says she’s always believed “all Americans should have equal benefits and rights.”
Another rival, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, says he’ll “respect the court’s decision.”
He calls himself “a proud defender of traditional marriage.” But the senator says it’s futile to attempt a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to a man and a woman.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton was clearly prepared for the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
Clinton fired off several tweets after the court issued its 5-4 decision, and her Facebook and Twitter profile pictures are now a rainbow version of her “H” campaign logo.
She says in one tweet, “Proud.”
Another message shows a graphic of the country with all states colored in gold, showing marriage equality is now the law. She adds, “Our new favorite map.”
In yet another Twitter message, she says “Proud to celebrate a historic victory for marriage equality — & the courage & determination of LGBT Americans who made it possible.”
Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush is affirming what he calls a faith-guided belief in traditional marriage in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide. He’s also echoing his familiar theme that states should make such decisions.
But the former Florida governor breaks with some of his party’s social conservatives by saying: “I also believe we should love our neighbor and respect others including those making lifetime commitments.”
He adds, “In a country as diverse as ours, good people who have opposing views should be able to live side by side.”
Bush is a converted Roman Catholic and he typically says he supports traditional marriage. But he notably does not condemn same-sex marriage in the same way as some of his 2016 rivals.
In New Hampshire last month, he told voters there are indeed some single-issue voters but not as many as people believe.
The leader of Democrats in the House calls the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage a “transformative” decision.
California Rep. Nancy Pelosi says the ruling “unequivocally affirmed that equal justice under the law means marriage equality” for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender Americans.
She adds, “This decision is about creating a future where loving, committed families are able to live with dignity. This is about freedom. This is about love.”
In the Senate, New York’s Chuck Schumer is repeating the quote, “the arc of history is long and it bends in the direction of justice.”
Schumer says, “Thank you to five Supreme Court heroes for helping bend it a little sooner.” 10:30 a.m.
President Barack Obama calls the Supreme Court decision affirming gay marriage “a big step in our march toward equality.”
Obama plans to deliver a statement from the White House Rose Garden about the landmark ruling.
In a tweet, Obama says gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, “just like everyone else.” He uses the hashtag #LoveWins that has become a refrain for the pro-marriage movement.
The Supreme Court’s decision affirming the right to gay marriage came on a 5-4 vote.
In his majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy writes that “No union is more profound than marriage.” Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas are the dissenters.
The decision in United States versus Windsor does not address the validity of state marriage bans, but courts across the country, with few exceptions, have said logic would compel them to invalidate state laws that prohibited gay and lesbian couples from marrying.
The number of states allowing same-sex marriage has grown rapidly. As recently as October, just over one-third of the states permitted same-sex marriage.
According to UCLA’s Williams Institute, there are an estimated 390,000 married same-sex couples in the United States.
The Supreme Court ruling that grants same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide comes on a date with legal significance.
Two previous gay-rights rulings by the high court also came on June 26. Both were also written by Justice Anthony Kennedy —
In 2003, the court issued its ruling in the case Lawrence versus Texas, striking down state laws that made gay sex a crime.
And on the same date in 2013, it struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law in the case U.S. versus Windsor.
The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.
Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.
The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court’s previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996.
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