LANSING—Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and members of the Michigan Senate Democratic Caucus issued the following statements today in support of the United States Supreme Court’s historic ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states:
Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint):
“This is a great day for everyone who believes in equal rights. Far too many people have waited far too long for this day. We stand with them in celebration today, but also in the ongoing effort to ensure complete equality and fairness in all aspects of life.”
Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor):
“Today’s ruling was a major victory for our LGBT citizens and the future of our nation, but there are still many more battles in the fight for equality that lie ahead here in Michigan. We have to correct our discriminatory laws, laws that not only harm our LGBT citizens and families, but also pull up the welcome mat for people and businesses across the country. Our national law recognizes same-sex marriage; our state laws must reflect that same commitment to equality, including repealing the RFRA-like adoption bills and updating the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.”
Senator David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights):
“The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today is the culmination of a long, hard struggle by the LGBT community and their allies to affirm the Constitutionality of what so many of us have known for so long.
“Equality under the law is a basic human right afforded to all Americans; a right that has been denied to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered Americans for far too long.
“In America, we must always strive to do what’s right, to be better, and to create a society that’s inclusive of all people. I’m proud that today’s Supreme Court decision adheres to all those principles.”
Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D-East Lansing):
“Today is a monumental day in our history! The heroes of this movement are not the politicians, rather they are the everyday people who just wanted to live their lives with the freedoms that so many of us take for granted. It is those that live their lives out loud that changed the hearts and minds of the American people and effectively changed the world we live in. Those are the people we celebrate today. It’s time for Michigan’s elected officials to follow suit and start passing sensible and inclusive legislation that welcomes people to our state instead of pushing them away.”
Coleman A. Young II (D-Detroit):
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Today, at long last, we are seeing the hearts and minds of the American people bending toward justice, toward equality for all. This is a fine day for our LGBT brothers, sisters, friends, neighbors—and it is another mile gained in the long march toward true equality for all.”