CT politicians praise Supreme Court gay marriage decision

The LGBT pride flag is being flown at the Governor’s Residence in Hartford in recognition of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Friday morning.

“This is a historic moment, and we should recognize and celebrate its significance,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing marriage in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“Equality, freedom, justice and liberty — all recognized by the Supreme Court in this ruling that moves our nation forward,” said Malloy, a Democrat in his second term.

LGBT stands for Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender.

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country with its ruling in the Obergefell vs. Hodges case. In Connecticut, gay marriage has been legal since 2008 and same-sex civil unions were legalized in 2005.

‘A monumental and historic day’

Shelton’s two members of Congress were happy with the court decision.

“This is a monumental and historic day,” said U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, a four-term Democrat whose district includes most of Shelton.

“I am deeply moved by the millions of men and women who have campaigned tirelessly to change hearts and minds across the country, and grateful that the Supreme Court has recognized that the right to love and marry is fundamental,” Himes said. “The fight for equality and against discrimination is never over, but today’s decision is a huge victory.”

‘Stronger, fairer, better nation’

“I am thrilled that the Supreme Court has recognized the right to marriage for all Americans, regardless of who they love,” said Rosa DeLauro, a 13-term Democrat whose district includes a small part of Shelton.

“Barring LGBTQ Americans from marriage violates the values we hold dear — justice, freedom and equality,” DeLauro said. “It makes no difference whom someone loves and denying them the same rights as heterosexual couples is just plain wrong.

“Today’s decisions will make us a stronger, fairer and better nation,” she said.

LGBTQ stands for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer.

‘A giant stride’

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut also was upbeat on the decision.

“Today I feel so proud to be a citizen of a country that can have the courage to get right what it got wrong for so long,” said Murphy, a Democrat in his first Senate term.

“Who you are, who you love, and what you feel should never be reasons for discrimination,” Murphy said. “Though we have a long way to go, the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality this morning takes a giant stride toward eliminating such prejudices across all institutions in America.

“I’m thrilled that the justices ruled in favor of common sense and equality, and I stand with them in my unwavering support for the LGBT community,” he said.