Northwest Statehouses Celebrate, Rue Gay Marriage
Northwest politicians reacted Friday to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum (D) was among the celebrants. In 2014 she declined to defend an Oregon gay marriage ban in federal court. The overturn of that ban legalized gay marriage in Oregon last May.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) asked Oregonians to celebrate, and opened her statement with the popular marriage rights phrase, "love wins."
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) saw Washingtonians approve gay marriage on the same ballot that elected him to the governor's office in 2012.
Ruling in marriage is a big step in America’s long road to equality for all. Let us all celebrate with LGBT couples. Love won today!— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) June 26, 2015
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) fought for Idaho's voter-approved gay marriage ban even after federal court rulings blocked it in October 2014. Friday the U.S. Supreme Court opinion ended that battle, and Otter called it "truly disappointing."
Friday's ruling doesn’t directly address Idaho, but justices decided states cannot deny same-sex couples the right to marry. The Idaho attorney general's office says it's reviewing the high court opinion.