More from Georgia Democrats on today’s historic gay marriage ruling

House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling affirming the right to marry for LGBT Americans is a groundbreaking victory for Georgia. I am thrilled that all Americans — regardless of where they live — will no longer be denied the right to marry who they love. LGBT individuals will not have to fight for the right to sit next to their partners’ bedside in a hospital, to get family healthcare coverage, or to have their relationships recognized by immigration laws. This is progress worth celebrating, and I’m hopeful that we will continue to chip away at barriers for LGBT equality until all discrimination is a thing of the past.”

A Supreme Court Police officer stands at the top of the steps at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, June 22, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to issue blockbuster rulings on same-sex marriage and health care with both rulings due by the end of June as the court finishes its nine-month term with its traditional flurry of major opinions. Photographer: Drew Angerer/Bloomberg

A Supreme Court Police officer stands at the top of the steps at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, June 22, 2015.

Rep. Simone Bell, D-Atlanta, the first openly gay African-American woman elected to a state legislature.

“I am absolutely overjoyed for the Supreme Court’s ruling, and the willingness to uphold the values of family. The 14th Amendment requires equal protection under the law – and that should include every citizen, regardless of their sexual orientation. We still have a tremendous amount of work to do to reach full equality, but today’s ruling is a long fought victory for many of Georgia’s families who can now live their lives with the same legal marriage rights as every other citizen.”

Rep. Karla Drenner, D-Avondale Estates, who is also gay:

“I am gratified by the Court’s recent ruling and the willingness to place principle over politics. The Supreme Court’s acceptance is the step in the right direction for Georgia, but I believe that we still have a lot of work to do in order for the LGBT community to overcome discrimination.”

Rep. Keisha Waites, D-Atlanta:

“Today’s historic ruling by the Supreme Court is a major victory for the LGBT community and allies across the nation. Same-sex couples have been denied the right to marry for far too long – and I am thrilled that they can now enjoy the same fundamental right to marry afforded to straight couples.”


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