Sen. Lindsey Graham called fears that the Supreme Court would overturn gay and interracial marriage politics and suggested that the court would not take those actions.
BASH: So, Senator Graham, another issue that is before the Senate is gay marriage. At least, that is what Rob Portman wants.
He’s trying to get enough votes to codify same-sex marriage, because Justice Clarence Thomas suggested that it might be in jeopardy. You said two weeks ago that the state-by-state approach is the best way to go.
So I just want to be clear about your position. Are you saying that the 2015 Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriage the law of the land nationally should be overturned?
GRAHAM: No, I am saying that I don’t think it’s going to be overturned.
BASH: Nor should it be?
GRAHAM: Well, that’d be up the court.
The reasoning, I think, could be attacked. But the point I’m trying to make is, I have been consistent. I think state should decide the issue of marriage and states should decide the issue of abortion. I have respect for South Carolina. South Carolina voters here I trust to define marriage and to deal with the issue of abortion, not nine people on the court. That’s my view.
BASH: How far down should — I mean, how wide should that go? How many more issues should that go to?
GRAHAM: Well, we’re talking about…
BASH: For example, Loving vs. Virginia that allowed interracial marriage?
BASH: Is that — that shouldn’t be touched?
GRAHAM: No, here’s the point.
We’re talking about things that are not happening because you don’t want to talk about inflation, you don’t want to talk about crime. This is all politics, my friends. Instead of trying to solve problems like unstable people having guns, we’re talking about constitutional decisions that are still in effect.
But if you’re going to ask me to have the federal government take over defining marriage, I’m going to say no.
Lindsey Graham is telling the American people to ignore the fact that the Supreme Court just gutted half a century of precedence by taking away reproductive rights from women.
Dana Bash asked the right question. If the Supreme Court is willing to take away rights from women, there is no reason to believe that they would not apply their ideology to gay and interracial marriage.
Graham said that the states should decide on gay marriage, but not interracial marriage.
America shouldn’t trust Lindsey Graham or the conservative majority on Supreme Court for one second with their rights.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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