Reactions have been pouring in all day to the Supreme Court's rulings striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act and clearing the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California. Here's a roundup of some of the top statements and tweets:
President Barack Obama:
"This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it. We are a people who declared that we are all created equal – and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well."
Gay rights advocates react inside City Hall in San Francisco after the Supreme Court rulings on June 26, 2013. (Getty Images)
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio):
"While I am obviously disappointed in the ruling, it is always critical that we protect our system of checks and balances. A robust national debate over marriage will continue in the public square, and it is my hope that states will define marriage as the union between one man and one woman."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.):
“Today, the Supreme Court bent the arc of history once again toward justice. The court placed itself on the right side of history by discarding Section 3 of the defenseless Defense of Marriage Act and by allowing marriage equality for all families in California. The highest court in the land reaffirmed the promise inscribed into its walls: ‘equal justice under law.’"
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
“Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so. The preservation of liberty and justice requires that all laws, federal and state, respect the truth, including the truth about marriage."
Former President Bill Clinton:
Tony Perkins, Family Research Council president:
"While we are disappointed in the Supreme Court's decision to strike down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the court today did not impose the sweeping nationwide redefinition of natural marriage that was sought. Time is not on the side of those seeking to create same-sex `marriage.' As the American people are given time to experience the actual consequences of redefining marriage, the public debate and opposition to the redefinition of natural marriage will undoubtedly intensify."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.):
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.):
"The House defended this law, which passed with a large bipartisan coalition and was signed by President Clinton, because courts should determine the constitutionality of laws, not presidents. I'm disappointed in this decision, and the marriage debate will continue in the states."
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Fox News commentator Todd Starnes:
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: