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Bobby Jindal Proposes Amending Constitution If Supreme Court Favors Same-Sex Marriage; Mike Huckabee Agrees with Jindal's Views

( [email protected] ) Jan 28, 2015 05:23 PM EST
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to take up a case to settle the legality of same-sex marriages across the United States once and for all. The high court’s final decision could influence Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to support amending the Constitution.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The Supreme Court has decided to take up a case to settle the legality of same-sex marriages across the United States once and for all. The high court's final decision could influence Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to support amending the Constitution.

The amendment, which would allow states to ban the practice of same-sex marriage, reflects the personal views of the Republican presidential candidate. Jindal talked about his views on marriage to ABC host George Stephanopoulos in a recent interview on "This Week."

"I believe that marriage is between a man and woman," Jindal said. "My faith teaches me that, my Christian faith teaches me that."

Jindal remained "proud" and unapologetic that his state, Louisiana, is one of 14 states where same-sex marriage is not allowed to take place. Stephanopoulos asked the Republican what he would do if the Supreme Court made the practice legal throughout the United States.

"If the Supreme Court were to throw out our law, our constitutional amendment -- I hope they wouldn't do that -- if they were to do that, I certainly will support Ted Cruz and others that are talking about making an amendment in the congress and D.C., a constitutional amendment to allow states to continue to define marriage," Jindal said.

The Louisiana governor emphasized that he is "not for discrimination against anybody." He also took swipes at politicians who were "evolving on this issue based on the polls."

"I don't change my views based on the polls," Jindal said.

Jindal told Stephanopoulos that the U.S. is "a diverse country." However, he argued that the country needed a "spiritual revival."

"Obviously, a majority of our people are Christians, but we don't discriminate against anybody," Jindal said. "That's one of the great things about America; we believe in religious liberty."

Another person who shares Jindal's views on same-sex marriage is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. According to Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, the potential GOP presidential candidate argued in a radio interview that the Supreme Court cannot legalize same-sex marriages on its own.

"Constitutionally, the courts cannot make a law," Huckabee said. "They can interpret one. And then the legislature has to create enabling legislation, and the executive has to sign it, and has to enforce it."

According to Johnson, Huckabee was then asked if he was calling for civil disobedience over the potential rulings.

"The point is states would be in a position that their legislatures would have to go into session," Huckabee said. "They would have to create legislation that the governor would sign. If they don't, then there is no same-sex marriage in that state. Now if the federal courts say, 'well, you're going to have to do it,' well, then you have a confrontation."

The former governor argued that a ruling on same-sex marriage could open the door for other people to seek marriage rights under the U.S. Constitution.

"And I think there's going to be immediate cases filed where a person will say well, I'd like to marry two women, or I'd like to marry two men for a woman," Huckabee said. "And who's to stop that?"

According to a Pew Research poll released back in September 2014, 52 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, while 40 percent opposed it. Although many segments of society increasingly support this practice, Pew noted that opposition was highest among white evangelical Protestants.

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