On Friday, many people celebrated the Supreme Court's landmark — and frankly, phenomenal — ruling to allow gay couples the right to marry. The decision carries significant weight for many Americans personally, but it also has a huge impact on politics. How did some politicians react to SCOTUS' gay marriage ruling and how will this impact the 2016 election?
Many lawmakers issued statements or took their opinions to Twitter quickly after the announcement. Predictably, the opinions largely fell along party lines: Democratic politicians generally hailed the decision, Republicans mostly criticized it.
President Obama, the first sitting president who said he supported marriage equality, addressed the SCOTUS decision in a wonderful speech and called the ruling a "victory for America." Obama added:
This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts. When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free. ... People should be treated equally, regardless of who they are or who they love.
Today we can say in no uncertain terms that we've made our union a little more perfect. America should be very proud.
The handful of Democratic presidential candidates also celebrated the decision.
On the other end of the spectrum, Republican presidential candidates were less than pleased with the ruling. And Mike Huckabee had arguably the strongest reaction.
He used harsh language to criticize the court. "I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch," he said in his statement. "We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat."
Other GOP contenders had similar — albeit more restrained — reactions.
Over the past two years, the surge in support for gay marriage that saw its legalization in 37 states before Friday's decision played a part in SCOTUS' choice to take up the issue. Today, six in 10 Americans support gay marriage.
As legalization normalizes same-sex marriages and younger people — who are overwhelmingly in favor of gay rights — find their voices, those in opposition to marriage equality can only sit by and watch themselves age on the wrong side of history. And the politicians in that corner will likely find it hard to persuade voters that their next president should be someone who does not believe that marriage is a right extended to all Americans, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.
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