During an appearance on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, potential 2016 presidential candidate Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) vocally opposed same-sex marriage nationwide by endorsing a federal constitutional amendment to redefine marriage as a right for opposite-sex partners only.
Louisiana is one of the last 14 states in America to not allow same-sex marriage rights to its constituents. The most recent state to pass marriage equality legislation was Alabama on Friday, January 23, although a two-week stay was issued.
In Jindal’s conversation with host George Stephanopoulos Sunday, the wide-mouthed politician said he believes that marriage is “between a man and a woman,” and would not be changing his mind based on public opinion.
“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 told Stephanopoulos.
Jindal explained, “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.”
Jindal also spoke of spiritualism to “fix” the U.S. in 2016.
“We can’t just elect a candidate and fix what ails our country,” he said at a prayer rally that he attended Saturday instead of the Iowa Freedom Summit.”We can’t just pass a law and fix what ails our country. We need a spiritual revival to fix what ails our country.”
President of Freedom to Marry, Evan Wolfson, said: “Candidates who profess to favor freedom, limited government and even respect for families and the states, disqualify themselves when they panderingly endorse a go-nowhere constitutional amendment that would subvert each and every one of those claimed values. Yoking himself to Ted Cruz and appearing at extremist rallies will advance Jindal’s career ambitions about as much as his State of the Union response a few years ago.”
“In one weekend, Bobby Jindal managed to speak to an organization that’s been labeled a hate group and spew out more of his characteristic anti-equality rhetoric,” Ian Sams, spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee, said. “I wish it were shocking, but Jindal — more than almost any other Republican candidate — has done less to take his own advice about ending the GOP’s reputation as a ‘stupid party.’ He’s kowtowed to the Duck Dynasty crew, continues to spread discredited anti-Muslim conspiracies, and now is doubling down on his long-held opposition to marriage equality and equal rights for LGBT Americans.”