FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joe Hunter
STATEMENT BY GOVERNOR GARY JOHNSON REGARDING THE SUPREME COURT’S DECISIONS ON GAY MARRIAGE
Santa Fe, NM, June 26, 2013 — Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative, released the following statement in response to decisions announced today by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding marriage equality:
“If the federal government is going to be in the marriage business, which it is, the Court’s ruling on DOMA is simply fair. Granting the federal benefits of marriage to some, while denying them to others, is discrimination, pure and simple, and it is gratifying that the Court has recognized that fact.
“Now, it is up to individual states to decide for themselves whether the rights, privileges and responsibilities of marriage are available to all couples, straight or gay, without the federal government imposing its will. The Our America Initiative has already partnered with organizations in Arizona and Florida to launch ballot initiatives to allow voters to make that decision, and I am confident that other states will follow.
“At the same time, it must be recognized that the religious freedoms of Americans must be protected as well. The government has no business dictating to churches and other faith organizations how they deal with the rites of marriage within their own congregations. Our proposed amendments in Arizona and Florida protect those religious freedoms.”
Governor Johnson has announced in recent days that the Our America Initiative is actively supporting ballot initiatives in both Arizona and Florida to overturn those states’ constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage.