These 8 2016 Candidates Reactions To The Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Decision Ranged From The Good To The Ugh
On Friday, we all witnessed a magnificent moment in history. The Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional, affirming that marriage is a constitutional right for gay people in all 50 states, and the excitement is taking over Twitter. The #LoveWins hashtag understands your feels, and even celebrities are getting in on the celebratory action. Our current president Barack Obama made very moving speech in the Rose Garden, calling the gay marriage victory a "victory for America."
"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," he said, "This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts. When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free." AMEN. He then went on to add, "What an extraordinary achievement, but what a vindication of the belief that ordinary people can do extraordinary things... They should be very proud. America should be very proud."
Although they themselves don't have access to the Rose Garden just yet, the 2016 presidential candidates still found ways to express their views, mainly through social media. Here's what the people gunning for Obama's job have to say about the ruling.
Clinton celebrated with multiple tweets, and even changed her profile pic to a rainbow "H."
Sanders is excited about the decision, despite the fact that his tweet isn't as enthusiastic as Clinton's multiple messages.
Bush simply posted a sobering link to a longer statement, which says, "Guided by my faith, I believe in traditional marriage. I believe the Supreme Court should have allowed the states to make this decision. I also believe that we should love our neighbor and respect others, including those making lifetime commitments.”
Rubio hasn't tweeted anything about the ruling, but is indeed selling merchandise.
The Donald took this opportunity to slam his fellow Republican.
New to the presidential race, but not new to backwards views.
Fiorina appears to think this somehow compromises religious freedom. Yeah, OK.
Yup, Huckabee's statement comes to the surprise of no one. Other Republican candidates including Ted Cruz and Rand Paul still have yet to tweet about marriage equality, but there's no doubt that they will likely make a statement before the day is through.
Whether they are celebrating as much as all of us are, or they are making less enthusiastic remarks that range from neutral to offensive, it seems that everyone is weighing in on this decision. And why wouldn't they? We've just seen history being made, and it feels so good.