Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement on the Support Marriage Equality Ohio Rally in the Valley at Youngstown State University's Kilcawley Center:
"The promotion of fairness, equality, and justice is a hallmark of who we are as Ohioans and Americans. These entrenched values go far in ensuring a just and peaceful society that does the right thing for its people. If we are going to transform this nation, we need to welcome all of its sons and daughters with open arms.
"I believe the State of Ohio and the entire nation should be a place where everyone, regardless of his or her sexual orientation, is afforded full marriage equality. Ohio and the United States of America can and should ensure that everyone can love and marry who they choose. This does not force any religious institution to sanction these marriages, but it does say that all Americans are equal under the law. This is a founding principle of this country and it should remain intact.
"All of our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors should be able to live and work with the same rights and benefits as everyone else. I stand with you as we work to usher in this long-overdue change."