WASHINGTON – Texas politicians on the Potomac and on the presidential trail reacted along anticipated partisan lines to Friday's U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage.
Republicans generally denigrated the court's ruling that gay marriage is constitutional, while Democrats incorporated the word "love" into their official statements.
- Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a presidential contender, said he was "disappointed" with the ruling and "as president, I would appoint strict constitutional conservatives who will apply the law as written."
- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, the first candidate for the GOP nomination for president, said
the gay marriage ruling puts religious liberty "front and center in the target of the federal government." He called itthe "very definition of lawlessness. It is naked and unadulterated judicial activism."
- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a Texas native who's also running for the White House, said he believed "in traditional marriage" and that the court "should have allowed the states to make this decision." But, he added, "I also believe that we should love our neighbor and respect others, including those making lifetime commitments."
- San Antonio Democratic U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro said, "Today, love prevailed."
- His fellow House Democrat and former state House colleague U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey concurred, stating, "Though the fight for full LGBT equality in this country is far from over, today we celebrate that we are one giant step closer. Because love is love.