Following today's (June 26) historic Supreme Court ruling in the case of Obergfell v. Hodges, which made same-sex marriages legal all across the United States, President Barack Obama first hit up Twitter with his initial reactions before giving a formal statement on the White House lawn.
"This is a victory for gay and lesbian couples who have fought so long for their basic civil rights," President Obama said in his address. "This ruling is a victory for America. This decision affirms what millions of American's believe in their hearts. Today should also give us hope that... real change is possible. Shifts in hearts and minds are possible."
Not long after, the laundry list of contenders who hope to sit in the Oval Office come January 2017 posted their own reactions on social media. Here's what they had to say:
Hillary Clinton is proud.
Clinton, who's support for the marriage equality movement has come to the forefront of her 2016 campaign, began a series of tweets about the ruling pretty simply posting the word "Proud." Later she added that she's proud to celebrate the "courage and determination of LGBT Americans who made it possible" and shared her new favorite map.
Mike Huckabee says it's not over.
Huckabee, a staunch supporter of "traditional marriage" urged his supporters to "resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat" and said the ruling is a serious "blow to religious freedom."
Rick Perry defends "traditional marriage."
In his official statement, Perry said he was disappointed that SCOTUS "chose to change the centuries old definition of marriage" and promised that, if elected, he would "appoint strict Constitutional conservatives who will apply the law as written.”
Rick Santorum says the majority judges are "unelected."
Santorum wrote that the five judges who ruled in favor of the decision were "unelected" and urged his supporters to "speak out."
Martin O'Malley is joining in the celebration.
O'Malley hit the streets to take some pictures with a few celebrating couples.
Bernie Sanders is proud that the courts have "finally caught up."
True to form, Sanders said that he's proud that the law will finally start to pull LGBTQ individuals out of the margins.
Lincoln Chafee calls it a "good" ruling.
Chafee offered his short-but-sweet congratulations following the ruling.
Marco Rubio was diplomatic.
Rubio said that while he disagrees with the ruling (and believes states should have the right to change the marriage laws to reflect their constituents) he also will respect the law of the land, urging both sides to "respect the dignity" of one another.
Carly Fiorina said the ruling was an overstep.
Fiorina said this decision is "the latest example of activist court ignoring its constitutional duty to say what the law is and not what the law should be." She also agrees that the ruling "did not and can not end this debate today."
Jeb Bush spoke "guided by [his] faith."
Bush said that he believes in traditional marriage, but also said the "we should love our neighbor and respect others, including those making lifetime commitments."
"In a country as diverse as ours, good people who have opposing views should be able to live side by side, his statement said." "It is now crucial that as a country we protect religious freedom and the right of conscience and also not discriminate.”
We'll be updating this post as more candidates share their thoughts.