“I disagree with the Court’s ruling,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement. “Regardless of one’s personal view on this issue, the American people, through the democratic process, should be able to determine the meaning of this bedrock institution in our society.
“I also believe that America is big enough to accommodate the views of all citizens — that’s why going forward I hope the courts will continue to defend the important principle of religious liberty for all, regardless of their views on marriage.”
In a separate statement, Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) called the ruling “a victory.
“But we have so much more to do on behalf of the LGBT community, Reid continued. “Even if a couple has the right to marry, federal law still doesn’t protect same sex-couples from employment, housing, or credit discrimination. So I will continue to work to ensure that LGBT individuals and couples have access to the same rights as everyone else. But today I will celebrate the Court’s decision and I look forward to seeing the marriage celebrations throughout America in the coming weeks.”