Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal says he supports a constitutional amendment to define marriage between a man and woman after the Supreme Court struck down same-sex marriage bans last week.
"As a Christian I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I don't think an earthly court can change my view or beliefs, it doesn't change my view or beliefs of the proper definition of marriage," the Louisiana governor said Wednesday in an interview with NewsMaxTV's Steve Malzberg Show on Wednesday evening. "I support federal efforts to return to the states our Tenth Amendment rights."
"I'm also supportive of federal efforts to define marriage as between a man and a woman."
While many Republican presidential candidates have supported a federal definition of marriage in the past, after the court's decision was handed down last week, the opponents of the ruling, like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, seemed only willing to call for an amendment allowing the states to define marriage.
Jindal said he believed the court, and politicians such as Hillary Clinton and President Obama, who support marriage equality, were merely doing so in response to public opinion polls.
"On marriage, the reason I said it shouldn't have taken a constitutional amendment is that the court clearly was not following the constitution. The court clearly is following public opinion polls," Jindal said. "Hillary Clinton, President Obama, they evolved, meaning everybody knows they followed the opinion polls. My views are not evolving on this issue and I want to be clear, to me, this is not something just watching opinion polls."
"I know the easiest thing for any politician to do is to simply evolve and change their views as the president did and Secretary Clinton did. I'm not evolving. My views are grounded in my faith. I continue to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. I continue to believe in religious freedom rights. I also think, by the way, that you can have religious freedom rights without discrimination. I think the left has got this completely wrong."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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