- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

Reaction to Friday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide:

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“This decision goes against the expressed view of Arkansans and my personal beliefs and convictions. While my personal convictions will not change, as Governor I recognize the responsibility of the state to follow the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court. As a result of this ruling, I will direct all state agencies to comply with the decision…

“It is not a directive for churches or pastors to recognize same-sex marriage. The decision for churches, pastors and individuals is a choice that should be left to the convictions of conscience.” - Gov. Asa Hutchinson

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“I think what you will find is that the community will accept this … and life will go on.” - Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza, whose decision to set aside Arkansas’ gay-marriage ban last year was put on hold by the state Supreme Court.

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“We did it. Wow.” - Earnie Matheson, to his partner of 26 years, Tony Chiaro, after Piazza married them.

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“The opinion of five lawyers, not elected by the American people, should not and cannot define what millions of Americans affirm as the true and divine institution of marriage. Despite ruling two years previous that this decision rightly belonged to the elected officials in each state, the Supreme Court today removed the people’s right to uphold their own beliefs, which are based on deeply held religious and personal convictions, and instead chose to force their own definition of marriage onto the entire country.” - U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark.

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“I am disappointed that the Supreme Court took away our constitutional sovereignty to make decisions about the sanctity of marriage for ourselves, and I continue to believe that marriage is a sacred union between one man and one woman.” - U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark.

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“Today is a milestone for same-sex couples and we celebrate with them. But it is also crucial to recognize that the job is not finished. LGBT Arkansans can still be fired from their jobs for who they are.” - Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Vince Insalaco.

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“I am disappointed that the justices have chosen to ignore the role of the States to define marriage. The justices have issued a decision, and that decision must be followed.” - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

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“I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat. … The Supreme Court can no more repeal the laws of nature and nature’s God on marriage than it can the laws of gravity.” - Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, now a presidential candidate.

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