Political views on same-sex marriage
He lost, and on Friday Olens made clear that Georgia would not stand in the way of the court’s ruling.
“Today the Supreme Court of the United States ruled the Constitution requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out of state. It does not permit bans on same-sex marriage.
“In our system of government, the Supreme Court bears the ultimate responsibility for determining the constitutionality of our laws. Once the Supreme Court has ruled, its Order is the law of the land. As such, Georgia will follow the law and adhere to the ruling of the Court.”
Gov. Nathan Deal chimed in similarly:
The state of Georgia is subject to the laws of the United States, and we will follow them.
— Governor Nathan Deal (@GovernorDeal)
“While I believe that this issue should be decided by the states and by legislatures, not the federal judiciary, I also believe in the rule of law, ” Deal said in a statement. “The state of Georgia is subject to the laws of the United States, and we will follow them.”
Georgia’s Council of Probate Judges is prepared. Judge Chase Daughtrey, the group’s president, sends word:
“The Council of Probate Court Judges is reviewing the 100 plus page opinion regarding same sex marriage and we are in consultation with the Attorney General’s office. A revised marriage license application form will be sent electronically to probate judges statewide via our list serve once the review is complete and we find the opinion immediately legalizes same sex marriage in Georgia.”
The reaction from Democrats was more gleeful.
Georgia Democratic Party of Georgia Chair DuBose Porter:
“Today is a huge victory not only for advocates of marriage equality, but advocates of basic civil rights. This decision is the culmination of decades’ worth of battles fought to ensure that all families and the love they share are protected and treated equally under the law.”