Bobby Jindal: Obama only backed gay marriage for popularity
Adamantly anti-gay Republican Presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal has lashed out at President Obama and Hillary Clinton, saying they only backed same-sex marriage because of opinion polls.
The Louisiana Governor has in the past said his party doesn’t need the support of gay people, and has continually tried to force through“religious freedom” laws in his state which would allow anti-gay discrimination.
Governor JIndal, who has struggled with his state’s $1.6 billion deficit, announced his bid to become the Republican Presidential nominee last week.
Speaking since the US Supreme Court ruled that all couples in the US have a consititonal right to marriage, Jindal said: “Both the President and Hillary evolved their views because of opinion polls. They can read opinion polls just like the Supreme Court.”
Bragging about his opposition to same-sex marriage, he told NBC News: “My view of marriage is based on my Christian faith. No early court’s decision is going to change that. I think marriage is between a man and a woman.”
“I think they’re all created equal in god’s eyes. And I think we need to respect and love those we disagree with. I think we can have religious liberty without discrimination. My views on marriage aren’t evolving with the polls. I can read polls just like the President can. It’s based on my faith. I think it should remain between a man and a woman,” he continued.
Speaking of his own popularity in his home state of Louisiana, Jindal said: “If I were afraid of polls, I never would have been elected in two landslide elections, winning the highest percentage in our state’s last election for governor.”
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