Presidential candidates weigh in on gay marriage ruling
WASHINGTON - There's division among several of the Republican candidates for president about the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has condemned the decision by what he calls "five unelected justices" who make up the ruling's 5-4 majority.
Santorum is a social conservative, and he says the court has redefined "the foundational unit that binds together our society, without public debate or input."
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tweets that the ruling is "irrational" and "threaten religious liberty" and Congress must act.
Another Republican hopeful, former technology executive Carly Fiorina, also takes issue with the court redefining marriage, as she sees it. But she doesn't dispute the conclusion. She says she's always believed "all Americans should have equal benefits and rights."
Another rival, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, says he'll "respect the court's decision." He calls himself "a proud defender of traditional marriage." But the senator says it's futile to attempt a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to a man and a woman.
On the other side of the aisle, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton was clearly prepared for the ruling. Clinton fired off several tweets after the court issued its 5-4 decision, and her Facebook and Twitter profile pictures are now a rainbow version of her "H'' campaign logo.
She says in one tweet, "Proud."
Another message shows a graphic of the country with all states colored in gold, showing marriage equality is now the law. She adds, "Our new favorite map."
In yet another Twitter message, she says "Proud to celebrate a historic victory for marriage equality - & the courage & determination of LGBT Americans who made it possible."