GOP hopefuls weigh in on gay marriage

26 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bobby Jindal Endorses Ted Cruz’s Push To Ban Same-Sex Marriage.

“The GOP, to earn the right to be a governing party, we can’t just be the Party of No, we have to be the Party of Solutions, not only repeal but also replace Obamacare.The potential White House contender hopes the Supreme Court does not legalize gay marriage in an upcoming decision, he said in an interview airing Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” But, he said, social conservatives like him could turn to a constitutional amendment if the court did rule in favor of gay marriage. “I certainly will support Ted Cruz and others that are talking about making … a constitutional amendment to allow states to continue to define marriage,” he said. “I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.” As of Sunday, Louisiana is one of 14 states that do not issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples, according to the Human Rights Campaign, a gay-rights group. Bobby Jindal (R) said Sunday he would support an amendment to the Constitution that would enable state legislatures to outlaw same-sex marriage if the U.S.

Jindal skipped Saturday’s Iowa Freedom Summit, a forum for Republicans seeking the 2016 presidential nomination to demonstrate their social-conservative credentials. Jindal – who did not attend the major conservative Republican forum in Iowa this weekend, choosing to attend a prayer rally instead – said he believes voters need a leader who will be able to speak the truth.

At the summit, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in particular railed against gay marriage and said Americans should resist it, although other candidates were more circumspect. As an example, he cited a recent speech he gave in London where he claimed there are “no-go zones” in Europe where governments have no authority over Muslim immigrants — a theory many discredit or say is greatly over exaggerated. “I know it made a lot of people upset,’ Jindal said, but we need leaders to tell the truth, for example people coming to our country need to integrate and assimilate.” We need to offer detailed plans for energy independence, manufacturing renaissance, school choice… [and] a stronger foreign policy.” Jindal has flirted with a 2016 presidential run but has yet to formally announce if he will run. As Eliana Johnson reported for NRO earlier this month, the Rhodes scholar and former HHS official, perhaps surprisingly, seems to be making social issues and religious values a key part of his national message. When asked by host George Stephanopoulos about his presidential prospects, Jindal responded that he was “seriously looking at” a White House bid and added that he is “praying and thinking about it.” “One of the biggest challenges facing us, I think, is the current administration’s attempt to redefine the American dream,” he said. “My parents came to this country over 40 years ago in search of freedom and opportunity.

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