WASHINGTON, DC – Today, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, finding that there is a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage and that states that do not have marriage equality laws must recognize marriages performed in other states where they are legal, U.S. Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement:

“I am pleased the court found that, consistent with Rhode Island law, same-sex marriage is protected under the Constitution.  Under the 14th Amendment, states must recognize same-sex marriages lawfully licensed and performed in other states.

“Rhode Island is a leader on this issue and now this ruling sews up the patchwork of legal precedents concerning marriage equality and ensures same-sex marriages performed in our state will be recognized across the country.”