Gov. Eloy S. Inos and Lt. Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres will consult with the Attorney General and CNMI mayors “to see how we can initiate the necessary changes to current regulations to comply with the ruling and ensure an equal application of our constitutional rights throughout the CNMI.”
Inos was referring to a U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow same sex marriage on Friday. The SC issued its historic ruling through a 5-4 vote that legalized same sex marriage across the 50 states and the Insular Areas such as the CNMI.
“The union between two individuals regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, etc. through the ceremony of marriage is a celebration of unconditional love and enduring commitment,” Inos said in a statement, adding that, “while we acknowledge this historical ruling, we must remember that what is most important in our community is that we express love, compassion, and tolerance toward one another.
Inos said, “same sex common law unions have been in existence in our culture even before this ruling. In our small community, we either have family, friends, or know of people who are gay or lesbian couples.”
“Let us continue to practice Our Lord Jesus’ teaching, ‘to love one another as I have loved you,’” he said.
He said he and Torres and will be “reaching out next week to the Attorney General and the four honorable mayors to see how we can initiate the necessary changes to current regulations to comply with the ruling.”