Speaking hours after the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage should be legal across the nation, Governor Charlie Baker on Friday cited the historic decision as “another example of the important role the federal government can play in changing people’s lives.”
Baker, a Republican, described the 5-4 ruling by the nation’s highest court as “incredibly well developed.”
He and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, a former same-sex marriage opponent, had signed on to a legal brief lobbying of the US Supreme Court in favor of such a ruling. That decision drew some criticism from within Baker’s party.
At the national level, several Republican presidential hopefuls on Friday have voiced their opposition to the ruling.
“It’s unfortunate that everybody doesn’t see this issue the same way I do,” Baker said Friday of his Republican colleagues. “But I get the fact that in life and politics, people aren’t always going to agree with each other 100 percent of the time.”
Baker said he had not yet spoken to his brother, Alex, who lives in Massachusetts and is married to a man.
Asked what he thought his brother’s reaction would be, Baker said: “Hurrah.”