White House aspirants were out with statements responding to the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide within seconds of the decision being announced Friday morning.
Democrats were elated with the decision, following that party’s swift turn on the issue over the last decade. The Republican reaction was more mixed, with all expressing disappointment with the high court’s ruling, but disagreeing on the next steps forward.
Social conservatives pledged to continue to keep fighting against same-sex marriage, while other candidates said they would move to ensure that those who object to such unions were not punished for their beliefs.
Here are the reactions, in roughly chronological order:
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D):
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D):
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R):
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R):
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (D):
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R):
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R):
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R):
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson (R):
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (R):
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R):
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R):