Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop is calling the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that states can no longer ban gay marriage “a historic day for equality” in a post on his Facebook page.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Today is a historic day for equality,” Fulop wrote on Facebook just a few minutes ago.
“We are proud to raise the Rainbow Flag over Jersey City’s City Hall,” he added, with an accompanying photo of the Rainbow Flag flying next to the United States flag at 280 Grove Street.
The 5-4 court ruling requires states to license and recognize same-sex marriages, with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing:
“In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage,” per MSNBC.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in New Jersey since October 2013 after Republic Gov. Chris Christie bowed out of a state Supreme Court appeal to oppose gay marriage (h/t NJ.com).
President Barack Obama expressed a similar sentiment to Fulop when he tweeted out his reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling this morning.