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GOP Congressman: America "In Trouble" Because Same-Sex Marriage Defames God's Words

"You don't have to be a religious person, but you still have to, in my opinion, acknowledge that the words in the Bible are God's words, and God's direction for America ... "

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Rep. Walter Jones, a Republican from North Carolina, said Wednesday the Supreme Court's decision to strike down same-sex marriage ban was a "decision to disregard the words of God."

"When you defame the words of God," said Jones, "I think you are a nation in trouble."

Jones made his comments on Talk of the Town, a North Carolina radio show.

Calling America "a nation that was founded on Judeo-Christian values," Jones said that "you don't have to be a religious person, but you still have to, in my opinion, acknowledge that the words in the Bible are God's words, and God's direction for America -- and the world, quite frankly."

Jones pointed out that he supports same-sex "relationships" and "civil unions," but argued that the Bible leaves no room for ambiguity on the question of same-sex marriage.

"It's pretty -- Old Testament and New Testament -- it's pretty clear: Man marries woman, woman marries man," Jones explained. "That's in the Old Testament and the New Testament. And if you believe in the Bible, that is clear. That is absolutely clear."

Jones said that he thinks the Court "was wrong to make that kind of decision" -- although he said it wouldn't be the first time the Court made a bad call.

"Of course, they've made so many -- like, I think Citizens United was a bad decision," said Jones. "But the worst decision of all was what they did last week."

Ilan Ben-Meir is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Ilan Ben-Meir at ilan.ben-meir@buzzfeed.com.

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