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Statements from GA leaders on SCOTUS same-sex marriage ruling

(WTVM) – The U.S. Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. There has been reaction from Georgia's governor and several other leaders regarding this ruling.

In Columbus, the first same-sex couple, James Wherry and Mario Occena, have applied for and obtained their marriage license on Friday. 

Here are some of the statements from Georgia leaders:

Governor Nathan Deal

    "While I believe that this issue should be decided by the states and by legislatures, not the federal judiciary, I also believe in the rule of law.     The state of Georgia is subject to the laws of the United States, and we will follow them."

Democratic Party of Georgia

    "Today is a huge victory not only for advocates of marriage equality, but advocates of basic civil rights. This decision is the culmination of     decades' worth of battles fought to ensure that all families and the love they share are protected and treated equally under the law.

    "While we have plenty of reason to celebrate, we still have work to do in Georgia. Until we have employment non-discrimination legislation     on the books, LGBT workers can be fired just for being who they are. Our cities and counties have led the way on this issue, but the state     remains on the wrong side of history. Love should never be a fireable offense, and I encourage state leaders to work together to forge a more     equal and just Georgia."

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson

In light of the United State Supreme Court's decision in the matter of Obergefell v. Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage, the Columbus, Georgia/Muscogee County Consolidated Government confirms that it will abide by said decision as the law. After consultation with the Probate Judge of Muscogee County, the Honorable Mark D'Antonio, we further state that marriage licenses for same-sex marriage will be immediately available in the same manner and same method as those offered to all citizens.

Senator Josh McKoon

    “Suits filed against religious adoption agencies that refuse to adopt out children to same sex couples; Suits filed against houses of worship to     force them to make fellowship space generally available to the public available for same sex unions; Suits filed to remove the tax exempt     status of houses of worship that refuse to acknowledge or celebrate same sex unions I'm sure I haven't scratched the surface of the potential     consequences.”

President Barack Obama

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. Progress on this journey often comes in small increments, sometimes two steps forward, one step back, propelled by the persistent effort of dedicated citizens. And then sometimes, there are days like this when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt. This morning, the Supreme Court recognized that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality. In doing so, they've reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law. That all people should be treated equally, regardless of who they are or who they love.

This decision will end the patchwork system we currently have. It will end the uncertainty hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples face from not knowing whether their marriage, legitimate in the eyes of one state, will remain if they decide to move [to] or even visit another. This ruling will strengthen all of our communities by offering to all loving same-sex couples the dignity of marriage across this great land.

In my second inaugural address, I said that if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. It is gratifying to see that principle enshrined into law by this decision.

This ruling is a victory for Jim Obergefell and the other plaintiffs in the case. It's a victory for gay and lesbian couples who have fought so long for their basic civil rights. It's a victory for their children, whose families will now be recognized as equal to any other. It's a victory for the allies and friends and supporters who spent years, even decades, working and praying for change to come.

And this ruling is a victory for America. This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts: When all Americans are treated as equal we are all more free.

For more of the president's remarks, you can click here.

Equality Georgia has posted a list of cities in Georgia and where they offer same-sex unions. You can check out that list by clicking here. The first same-sex marriage has happened in Georgia in Atlanta. 

Stay tuned to News Leader 9 for the latest postings.

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