President Barack Obama addressed the nation shortly after the decision was made, calling the ruling a victory for the country.
"This ruling is a victory for America," he said. "This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts. When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free."
The four Democratic candidates all expressed jubilation at the decision, echoing President Obama. There are 13 Republican candidates so far. Those that have released a statement largely expressed disapproval. Some said they believe that it is an issue that should be left to the states. Others said that they believe marriage should be defined as being between a man and a woman.
Here's a look at what the candidates are saying:
Proud to celebrate a historic victory for marriage equality—& the courage & determination of LGBT Americans who made it possible. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 26, 2015
Our new favorite map. RT if you live in a state where marriage equality is law. pic.twitter.com/7GlCwCJHyg— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 26, 2015
Congratulations to Supreme Court on today's good ruling for marriage equality! #chafee2016— Lincoln Chafee (@LincolnChafee) June 26, 2015
So grateful to the people of MD for leading the way on this important issue of human dignity and equality under the law. #MarriageEquaility— Martin O'Malley (@MartinOMalley) June 26, 2015
Reminded of Will and his moms on the day we passed marriage equality in MD. There’s no greater human right than love. pic.twitter.com/xg5X0HhP2j— Martin O'Malley (@MartinOMalley) June 26, 2015
Today the Supreme Court fulfilled the words engraved upon its building: ‘Equal justice under law.’ #SCOTUSMarriage— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 26, 2015
"I believe the Supreme Court should have allowed the states to make this decision."
My thoughts on today's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage: http://t.co/fd4nzBmUBl— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) June 26, 2015
Today, 5 unelected judges redefined the foundational unit of society. Now it is the people's turn to speak #Marriage— Rick Santorum (@RickSantorum) June 26, 2015
The Court is 1 of 3 coequal branches of government & they have an imperfect record. Stakes are too high to cede marriage to unelected judges— Rick Santorum (@RickSantorum) June 26, 2015
"I fundamentally disagree with the court rewriting the law and assaulting the 10th Amendment." http://t.co/BkfcxAMvFE— Team Rick Perry (@TeamRickPerry) June 26, 2015
"Our founding fathers did not intend for the judicial branch to legislate from the bench..." http://t.co/BkfcxAMvFE— Team Rick Perry (@TeamRickPerry) June 26, 2015
This irrational, unconstitutional decision threatens religious liberty - the heart of 1st Amendt. Congress must act. http://t.co/riQTyCl1Nl— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 26, 2015
Once again the Bush appointed Supreme Court Justice John Roberts has let us down. Jeb pushed him hard! Remember!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2015
Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that. http://t.co/1Kfw9l0KMG— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) June 26, 2015
This ruling must not be used as pretext by Washington to erode our right to religious liberty. http://t.co/1Kfw9l0KMG— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) June 26, 2015
I will never stop fighting for religious liberty and I hope our leaders in D.C. join me. http://t.co/1Kfw9l0KMG— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) June 26, 2015
Republicans, have not made statement
- Ben Carson