SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) In a historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that gay and lesbian couples across the country have a constitutional right to marry.

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams issued the following statement Friday:

“I’m pleased and happy that our nation’s highest court has ruled on marriage equality. As Justice Kennedy stated in his opinion, ‘The right of same-sex couples to marry is derived from the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection.’ This decision enshrines what I’ve long believed – that all families should be treated equally under the law.

Today’s decision is a milestone but not the end of the search for common ground, mutual respect and understanding among Utah’s many diverse communities.”