Graham: 'Accept the Court's Ruling' on Same-Sex Marriage; Jindal: 'I Strongly Disagree'

By Susan Jones | June 29, 2015 | 7:34am EDT
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is among the Republicans who oppose the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. (AP File Photo)

( - Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called Friday's 5-4 Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage a "transformational moment," and he says he does not support a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Republicans may call for such an amendment in their 2016 party platform, Graham said, "but in my view, it will hurt us in 2016 because it's a process that's not going to bear fruit."

"What I want to do is protect the religious liberties of those who believe that opposing same-sex marriage is part of their faith. So, no, I would not engage in the constitutional amendment process as a party going into 2016. Accept the court's ruling, fight for the religious liberties of every American," Graham told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

Appearing on the same program, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal saidn conservatives must now fight for their religious liberty. "I strongly disagree with the court's ruling," he said, adding that state agencies in Louisiana will comply with it.

"We were in a situation where we actually had it in our state constitution that marriage is between a man and a woman. A local federal judge actually upheld that. It was upheld. We are now waiting for the Fifth Circuit (Court of Appeals) to reverse that ruling. They'll implement the Supreme Court's order. We have got no choice to comply, even though I think this order -- I think this decision was the wrong one."

Graham noted that the Supreme Court ruling has "disappointed" a lot of people who believe in traditional marriage.

"But the court has ruled, so here's where I stand: If I'm president of the United States, here's what would happen. If you have a church, a mosque or a synagogue and you're following your faith and you refuse to perform a same-sex marriage because it's outside the tenets of your faith, in my presidency you will not lose your tax- exempt status.

"If you're a gay person or gay couple -- if I'm president of the United States, you'll be able to participate in commerce and be a full member of society, consistent with the religious beliefs of others who have rights also."

Jindal said supporters of same-sex marriage aren't finished:

"Here is where the next fight is going. I think the left is now going to go after our First Amendment rights. I think it is wrong for the federal government to force Christian individuals, businesses, pastors, churches, to participate in wedding ceremonies that violate our sincerely-held religious beliefs. We have to stand up and fight for religious liberty.

"That's where this fight is going. The left wants to silence us. Hillary Clinton wants to silence us. We're not going away."

Jindal said President Obama and Hillary Clinton changed their views on same-sex marriage "because of opinion polls."

"My view of marriage is based on my Christian faith," Jindal said. "I think marriage is between a man and a woman.

"Now, look, I think they're all created equal in God's eyes. And I think we need to respect and love those we disagree with. I think we can have religious liberty without discrimination. My views on marriage aren't evolving with the polls. I can read polls just like the president can. It's based on my faith. I think it should remain between a man and a woman."

People who hold those view shouldn't be regarded as racist, Jindal said. "We're not racist." (He meant bigoted.)

"We love our fellow man. We think we're all equal under God's eyes. We simply believe marriage -- we don't believe we should change the definition of marriage simply because of opinion polls or because of a court that, quite frankly, isn't looking at the Constitution."

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