- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gov. Gina Raimondo and other Rhode Island officials are praising the U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, while the state’s Roman Catholic leader is criticizing the decision.

The Democratic governor said Friday, the day of the ruling, was a “great day for all Americans.” Rhode Island legalized same-sex marriage in 2013.

Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline, one of the few openly gay members of Congress, says the decision ends long-standing discrimination against the LGBT community in the context of marriage.

Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin says same-sex marriage “is morally wrong and a blatant rejection of God’s plan for the human family.” Tobin says the church must redouble its commitment to defend “authentic concepts of marriage and family as we have received them from God.”

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