Columbus – Today, State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) praised the United States Supreme Court for their decision to extend marriage equality to all states. 

“America has always been a nation that strives for justice and liberty,” Tavares said. “Today, we once again practice what we preach.”

Senator Tavares firmly believes we must uphold American values and ensure these values are reflected throughout our legal system. Equality of opportunity for all citizens is among the most basic tenets of American society. For far too long, our marriage laws had not reflected our nation’s core beliefs. That changed today.

“It is our duty to do what is fair, what is right, and what is just. After years of waiting, millions of Americans have finally received the justice they so greatly deserve. This is a beautiful day.”

The senator celebrates with everyone who worked tirelessly over the years to bring about this historic moment. Though our highest court decided this case, it was decades of work by thousands of dedicated citizens that changed the course of history. 

 
 
 
  
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