(WTNH) -- Here's a sampling of how Connecticut's elected officials reacted to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
Gov. Dannel Malloy: "The Supreme Court today reaffirmed the core principles of our country - that all people are created equal and have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness...
"With this ruling, I implore every state to give full faith and credit to valid same-sex marriages. Every Connecticut resident deserves to have their marriage recognized as they travel among the states for work, vacation and family visits. A marriage should not be a right that you gain and lose on a road trip across the country."
Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman: "To violate the rights of a few is to violate the rights of all, and the Court's ruling simply ensures that the liberties promised in our Constitution are shared by everyone.
"This is also a family issue. There are many thousands of children in Connecticut and the nation right now being raised by same-sex couples, and denying their parents equality would deny them equality, as well.
"What is most important is that children are part of a loving, stable family, whether that is traditional, extended, single-parent, foster, adoptive or same-sex."
Attorney General George Jepsen: "Today's ruling is a victory for legally married same-sex couples in Connecticut and in states across our country who, until now, have been unfairly denied recognition and protection under federal law. Moreover, today's ruling is a victory for all citizens who value equal rights in our country."
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd: "Today is a victory for equality. Barring LGBT Americans from marriage violates the values we hold dear-justice, freedom and equality. It makes no difference who someone loves, and denying them the same rights as heterosexual couples is just plain wrong. Today's decisions will make us a fairer and better nation." (Note, in 1996, DeLauro voted in favor of DOMA)
Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th: "Today, the Supreme Court righted a grievous historical wrong, reaffirming what we already knew to be true: that loving, committed couples should all receive the same rights and benefits from the federal government regardless of orientation. Thousands of Connecticut couples legally married in our state have been waiting for recognition by their government, and I am pleased that their marriages will soon be considered just as valid as my own."
Sen. Richard Blumenthal: "Connecticut law guaranteeing marriage equality will now be accorded full respect under federal law - and so will married couples regardless of who they are or whom they love. I thank all in Connecticut and the country who have stayed true to this cause, and I pledge to continue the fight so all Americans in all states have marriage equality." "
Sen. Chris Murphy: "The majority of Americans now support marriage equality, and most members of the Senate, on both sides of the aisle, have pledged their support as well. I'm thrilled that the Supreme Court today ruled in favor of common sense and equality, allowing same-sex couples to take advantage of federal benefits that should have been theirs all along. Plain and simple, this is a day that makes me proud to be in public service."
Mayor Pedro Segarra, D-Hartford: "As the first elected mayor of a major US city in a legally-recognized, same-sex marriage, this issue strikes particularly close to home.
"It is my hope that moving forward, this ruling will prompt many more states to follow Connecticut's example, and offer the legal protections of marriage to all citizens. Even after today's ruling upholding the right of same-sex couples to marry in California, less than a third of the US population lives in states where same-sex marriage is recognized."
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