US Presidential Candidates Voice Opinion On SCOTUS' Same-Sex Marriage Decision

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People celebrate with flags and a sign referencing the United States Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country in San Francisco, California June 26, 2015. IN PHOTO: The court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. With the ruling, gay marriage will become legal in all 50 states. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage - RTX1I0G5

In an unprecedented move, the Supreme Court of the United States, also known as SCOTUS, ruled Friday that states cannot prohibit same-sex marriage, therefore making same-sex union legal all through out the country. This decision elicited several reactions, including those coming from politicians eyeing the White House chair, which President Barack Obama will vacate come 2016.

Crowd favourite Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party tweeted her opinion moments after the decision became public, saying she was “Proud to celebrate a historic victory for marriage equality—& the courage & determination of LGBT Americans who made it possible.” She even changed her Twitter profile picture, which used to be that of her logo, a blue letter "H" with a red arrow going through it, into an "H" in the colours of the rainbow.

Candidates from the opposition, the Republican Party, criticised the pronouncement. Former Arkansas Governor and presidential candidate for the said party, Mike Huckabee, said that he will not comply with the ruling just like how the American founders did not bow down to the British Monarch. He insisted that people should “resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.”

He further argued how the verdict was not about the people’s equal rights to marriage, but rather about the redefinition of marriage. In his statement, he called the move an “irrational, unconstitutional rejection of the expressed will of the people in over 30 states will prove to be one of the court's most disastrous decisions, and they have had many.”

To end, he then said the Supreme Court can no more defy the laws of nature and nature’s God on matrimony than it can the law of gravity. original sentence If the law is approved by the Congress and the President, it will have serious ramifications to religious liberty, which in his own words he called “the heart of the first amendment.”

Another presidential candidate for the Republican Party, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, called the decision predictable. He said the decision trampled on the state’s rights, which were supposed to be protected under the 10th Amendment of the Constitution. His point was that “marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that.”

Meanwhile, LGBT rights activists all over the country celebrate the momentous moment of triumph over antiquated laws, which made their unions illegal. Australia, on the other hand, still has a long battle to fight when it comes to marriage equality as Prime Minister Tony Abbott remains adamant on his opposition to same-sex unions.

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