Sen. Lindsey Graham expressed fears that the Supreme Court would overturn gay and interracial marriage policies and suggested the court would not take those actions.
Transcript via CNN’s State Of The Union:
BASH: So, Senator Graham, another issue before the Senate is gay marriage. At least that’s what Rob Portman wants.
He’s trying to get enough votes to codify same-sex marriage because Judge Clarence Thomas has suggested it could be in jeopardy. You said two weeks ago that the state-by-state approach is the best way.
So I want to clarify your position. Are you saying that the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision that made same-sex marriage national law the country’s law should be overturned?
GRAHAM: No, I’m saying I don’t think it will be lifted.
BASH: Shouldn’t it be?
GRAHAM: Well, that would be a matter for the court.
The reasoning, I think, could be attacked. But the point I’m trying to make is that I’ve been consistent. I think the state should decide the marriage issue and the states should decide the abortion issue. I have respect for South Carolina. I trust the South Carolina voters here to define marriage and address the issue of abortion, not nine people in court. That’s my view.
BASH: How far down should – I mean, how far should that go? How many more expenses should that include?
GRAHAM: Well, we’re talking about…
BASH: Like Loving vs. Virginia, which allowed interracial marriages?
BASH: Is that – that shouldn’t be touched?
GRAHAM: No, here’s the point.
We talk about things that don’t happen because you don’t want to talk about inflation, you don’t want to talk about crime. It’s all politics, my friends. Instead of trying to solve problems like unstable people with guns, let’s talk about constitutional decisions that are still in effect.
But if you ask me to let the federal government adopt the definition of marriage, I will say no.
Lindsey Graham is basically telling gay and interracial couples to trust SCOTUS
Lindsey Graham is urging the American people to ignore the fact that the Supreme Court just shattered half a century of precedent by depriving women of reproductive rights.
Dana Bash asked the right question. If the Supreme Court is willing to take women’s rights away, there’s no reason to think they wouldn’t apply their ideology to gay and interracial marriage.
Graham said that states should rule on gay marriage, but not on interracial marriage.
America shouldn’t trust Lindsey Graham or the Conservative majority on the Supreme Court with their rights for a second.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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