*NEW YORK – Rev. Al Sharpton, president and founder of National Action Network (NAN), released the following statement hailing this morning’s U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide by ruling that the U.S. Constitution bars states from denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples:
“Today we can celebrate that the principles of justice and equality under the law won. This a huge milestone for our nationwide journey for equality for all, and loving couples across this country can finally have their love and unions recognized.
“We still have a long way to go, and as the tragedy in South Carolina last week devastatingly showed, the march toward progress and civil rights nationwide continues. As a nation, we must carry the momentum from the highest court in the land and fight against discrimination in all its forms and make sure that all Americans – no matter whom they love, their class or color – can exist freely and equally.”