Today the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, which, in case you've been living under a rock for the past ten years, is a humongous deal. Gay marriage was legalized in Florida only this past January, and now same-sex couples in all 50 states will now be allowed to marry. Naturally, Miamians had some things to say about it, mostly good, but there were a few head-scratching comments, especially from two local men who happen to be running for president of the United States.
Besides that, everyone from local politicians (including plenty of Republicans), to Miami's most famous professional athletes, celebrity drag queens and musicians weighed in with nothing but love.
We'll update this post as more people react. We patiently await Pitbull's comments on the matter.
First the good:
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican
Ros-Lehtinen also took part in a New York Times interactive article discussing her evolving views on gay marriage, noting that even if her son Rodrigo had not come out as transgender, she still would have reached the same conclusion.
"My Republican party has not evolved as quickly as I would like on this issue," she said. "Our party is going to be left in the dustbin of history if we don't shape up to the times. At least shape up to the 1970s. Can we at least catch up to the '70s?"
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, a registered Republican (though local politics is nonpartisan)
I am pleased with the Supreme Court decision. Adults should have the right to marry whomever they please.— Carlos A. Gimenez (@MayorGimenez) June 26, 2015
Gimenez's support for gay rights is credited with helping him beat fellow Republican Julio Robaina for the mayor's seat in 2011.
County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava
Cava pulled off the rare feat of beating an incumbent county commissioner last election. Her opponent, Lynda Bell, opposed protection rights for transgender people, a major issue in that race.
Rep. Frederica Wilson, Democrat
Rep. Carlos Curbelo, Republican
“I am pleased with the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of marriage equality. This decision illustrates a significant shift towards creating a more accepting and understanding future. This decision is a celebration of freedom and reaffirms the very rights in which our nation was founded.
Earlier this year, I joined over 300 Republican leaders to sign an Amicus brief arguing that the freedom to marry is a conservative value. The government should not impose any definition of marriage on an individual, family, or church. By permitting same-sex marriage, we are finally giving these individuals who have faced years of unfair prejudices the opportunity to experience the same treatment as other American couples.
I applaud the Supreme Court’s ruling, and send my sincerest congratulations to all those who will finally enjoy the same legal rights as their peers."
Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Democratic Party Chair
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine
It wasn't just politicians celebrating, however.
Singer Luis Fonsi
Miami Dolphins player A.J. Francis
Supreme Court upholds ACA and then legalized gay marriage nationwide the very next day. Someone check on @tedcruz and make sure he's okay.— A.J. Francis (@AJFrancis410) June 26, 2015
You mad fam? Tell us why you mad fam? https://t.co/Vv1ay3goQp— A.J. Francis (@AJFrancis410) June 26, 2015
Miami Dolphins player Jordan Kovacs
Congrats, America. Love wins.— Jordan Kovacs (@JKovacs32) June 26, 2015
Drag queen and ordained minister Latrice Royale
Let's DO THIS!!!! We DID IT!!!! pic.twitter.com/GtfPuin5Gm— Latrice Royale Inc. (@LatriceRoyale) June 26, 2015
And then there's Jeb Bush:
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"Guided by my faith, I believe in traditional marriage. I believe the Supreme Court should have allowed the states to make this decision. I also believe that we should love our neighbor and respect others, including those making lifetime commitments. In a country as diverse as ours, good people who have opposing views should be able to live side by side. It is now crucial that as a country we protect religious freedom and the right of conscience and also not discriminate.”
A great political nonreaction if there ever was one.
And here's Marco Rubio:
"I believe that marriage, as the key to strong family life, is the most important institution in our society and should be between one man and one woman. People who disagree with the traditional definition of marriage have the right to change their state laws. That is the right of our people, not the right of the unelected judges or justices of the Supreme Court. This decision short-circuits the political process that has been underway on the state level for years.
"While I disagree with this decision, we live in a republic and must abide by the law. As we look ahead, it must be a priority of the next president to nominate judges and justices committed to applying the Constitution as written and originally understood.
"The next president and all in public office must strive to protect the First Amendment rights of religious institutions and millions of Americans whose faiths hold a traditional view of marriage. This is a constitutional duty, not a political opinion. Our nation was founded on the human right of religious freedom, and our elected leaders have a duty to protect that right by ensuring that no one is compelled by law to violate their conscience.
"I firmly believe the question of same sex marriage is a question of the definition of an institution, not the dignity of a human being. Every American has the right to pursue happiness as they see fit. Not every American has to agree on every issue, but all of us do have to share our country. A large number of Americans will continue to believe in traditional marriage, and a large number of Americans will be pleased with the Court’s decision today. In the years ahead, it is my hope that each side will respect the dignity of the other."