Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), a potential 2016 presidential candidate, mocked GOP colleagues for abandoning their opposition to marriage equality and endorsed a federal constitutional amendment to redefine marriage to be opposite-sex only.
On ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Jindal told host George Stephanopoulos that he continues to believe that marriage is “between a man and a woman.” While claiming to be against “discrimination against anyone,” he lamented: “Many politicians are evolving — so called ‘evolving’ on this issue based on the polls. I don’t change my views based on the polls.”
He boasted that Louisiana — one of just 14 states without marriage equality after Friday’s court ruling in Alabama — has a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He said he hopes the U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t throw out the law but that, if they did, “I certainly support Ted Cruz and others that are talking about making an amendment, the Congress in D.C., a constitutional amendment to continue to allow states to continue to define marriage.”
While Jindal and former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) continue to make their opposition to same-sex marriage a priority, other Republican 2016 hopefuls seem to be de-emphasizing the issue. At Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday, the issue was almost completely unmentioned.