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Georgia Democrats celebrate Gay Marriage ruling

This from AJC Reporter Greg Bluestein:

Georgia Democratic Party of Georgia Chair DuBose Porter was first out of the gate in celebrating Friday’s Supreme Court ruling that struck down Georgia’s same-sex marriage ban.

Said Porter:

“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.”

Jeff Graham of Georgia Equality, a gay rights group, called it the “moment we’ve been waiting for.”

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“It’s a national victory – and it means that soon, thousands of loving, committed couples throughout the United States – including our state of Georgia – will be able to say “I do” and at last be respected under the law.”

We haven’t heard from Republican leaders quite yet, but they’ve long said they would respect the decision of the court.

We’ll add more reactions to the historic decision throughout the day.

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled 5-4 that gay marriage is constitutional.

This Tweet from from Democratic state Rep. Nan Orrock :

Historic! #SCOTUS says same-sex marriage is a right!Celebration!Boundless thanks to all who've worked unceasingly toward this day! PRIDE!

FILE - In this April 28, 2015, file photo, demonstrators stand in front of a rainbow flag of the Supreme Court in Washington, as the court was set to hear historic arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land. Gay and lesbian couples could face legal chaos if the Supreme Court rules against same-sex marriage in the next few weeks. Same-sex weddings could come to a halt in many states, depending on a confusing mix of lower-court decisions and the sometimes-contradictory views of state and local officials. Among the 36 states in which same-sex couples can now marry are 20 in which federal judges invoked the Constitution to strike down marriage bans. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)


This Tweet from President Obama:

Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins


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