Speaker Prieto, Assemblyman Garcia join officials praising gay marriage ruling

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Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) and Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia (D-33) are joining the ranks of New Jersey officials praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in favor of marriage equality.

Vincent Prieto

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“The President got it right today when he said ‘we have made our union a little more perfect,'” Prieto said in a statement.

“This is truly a historic day for the same-sex couples across the nation who are no longer relegated to second-class citizenship, as well as the ones in New Jersey who no longer have to worry about their marriage not being recognized by other states in their own country.”

“Whenever we build a more inclusive society we create a stronger nation. History will no doubt reflect that when looking back on this momentous day.”

Garcia voiced a similar tone on the court decision, calling it “a true victory for love.”

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a monumental achievement for human rights. As a long-time supporter and sponsor of marriage equality legislation in New Jersey, I am heartened by this decision as it is a true victory for love,” he said in a prepared statement.

“It shouldn’t matter whom we love, we are all human. As Justice Kennedy pointed out, ‘no union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family’. It is great to see a fundamental right extended to all Americans.

“Today’s ruling is a victory for equality and acceptance. But we must not be complacent – we must continue working towards eradicating discrimination and hate in our laws and our hearts, so that our society can truly be the land of tolerance and acceptance.”

Jersey City and Hoboken Mayors Steven Fulop and Dawn Zimmer, respectively, were among other local officials who quickly reacted positively towards the news this morning, with Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis more recently chiming in that he is “very happy” with the ruling and that discrimination “is completely unacceptable.”