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What the 2016 U.S. Presidential Contenders Had to Say About the Supreme Court’s Redefinition of Marriage


Kirsten Andersen - published on 06/29/15 - updated on 06/08/17

“Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that,” Jindal said. “This decision will pave the way for an all out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree with this decision.”

“The Supreme Court is completely out of control, making laws on their own, and has become a public opinion poll instead of a judicial body,” Jindal added in a statement.  He then raised eyebrows with what was likely a joke, saying, “If we want to save some money, let’s just get rid of the [Supreme C]ourt.”

Mike Huckabee (R-AR), former governor: Huckabee was equally emphatic in his opposition, accusing the court of playing God.  “No man — and certainly no un-elected judge — has the right to redefine the laws of nature or of nature’s God. Government is not God,” Huckabee wrote in an op-ed for USA Today. “The purpose of marriage is to socially and biologically unite a man and a woman to create the next generation and to train the next generation to become their replacements. Marriage is a sacred covenant, not just another social contract.”

Rick Santorum (R-PA), former senator: Santorum, a Catholic, said he believed the Supreme Court based its ruling on false premises, namely, that opposition to gay marriage is based on hate.  “We have a Supreme Court that says the only reason that you could possibly oppose changing marriage laws in America is because you hate people who want to marry people of the same sex. That is not true," Santorum said.  He said his greatest concern was for the children of same-sex unions, whom he believes will be denied “their birthright, a mother and a father who loves [sic] them and raises them into adulthood and into good citizens of America.”

Rick Perry (R-TX), former governor: According to Perry, the court was out of bounds in ordering all 50 states to recognize gay marriage.  “These decisions need to be made in the states,” Perry said.  He compared the issue to the legalization of marijuana, which has occurred in some U.S jurisdictions, but not others.

At least one candidate seemed reluctant to comment …

Donald Trump (R-NY): The bombastic billionaire was unusually circumspect in his comments regarding Friday’s ruling.  “I support traditional marriage,” he said in an interview with ABC’s Jake Tapper.  His reluctance to say more on the issue appeared to be based on his own history of multiple failed marriages.  Asked whether being married to three separate women qualifies as “traditional,” Trump said it was “a very good point.”

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