Statement on SCOTUS Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

Statement of State Rep. John Ray Clemmons on Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage
June 26, 2015
Today is a historic day across our country and state.  Our family, friends and neighbors are finally ensured marriage equality.  I would like to congratulate my fellow members of the Nashville and Tennessee Bar who worked so hard towards this end.  I am incredibly proud and honored to be the only Tennessee state legislator who signed an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court urging that Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage be overturned.  While I understand that some do not share my long-held personal beliefs in this respect, the Supreme Court has once again clearly stated that the Constitution and the laws of these United States do not support discrimination.  Justice Kennedy's strong language in the majority's opinion makes clear that "the right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty."  With this ruling, it is time for all of us to move forward, as a society, hand in hand.