Jindal Supports Federal Marriage Amendment

Jindal says he wants the Republicans to stop being the “stupid party” but he’s apparently more than happy to have them continue to be the bigotry party. On Sunday he said that he supports the push for a Federal Marriage Amendment that would ban same-sex marriage nationwide.

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.”

Yeah, good luck running on that in 2016. This is public bluster intended to appeal to the hard right in the Republican primary, but I doubt he really means it. I’m guessing he’s hoping, as the Republican party leadership is, that the Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage nationwide in June so it takes the issue off the table now that it’s no longer electorally beneficial to them. That’s why at this weekend’s gathering of potential Republican presidential candidates in Iowa, even with an audience that is heavily committed to the far-right social agenda, there was virtually no mention of the issue. Jindal is trying to run to the right of all the other candidates to help himself in the primary.

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  • wreck

    “I don’t change my views based on the polls.”

    Liar! Jindal must have asbestos testicles to live with his pants on fire like that. (And I reserve dibs on Asbestos Testicles for a band name.)

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Jindal Supports Federal Marriage Amendment

    DUH!!! ITS CALLED “STATES RIGHTS” FOR A REASON ED BRATYON!!!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    wreck “(And I reserve dibs on Asbestos Testicles for a band name.)”

    Like Asbestos Testicles, the Greek Philosopher?

  • gshelley

    He asked them to stop being the stupid party and they said “No”

    Given that there is a belief on the right than Romney lost because he was a moderate (despite his positions on all isues – I guess that is what can happen when you lie at the drop of a hat and change positions whenever convenient, people don’t really believe you when you claim not to be one), I suspect we will see the same from pretty much anyone hoping to run

  • eric

    Jindal is trying to run to the right of all the other candidates to help himself in the primary.

    Ed, I’d wait to hear from Rick Santorum (and others) before I said that. There is plenty more shifting the Overton Window can do before January 2016 or so.

  • dingojack

    Wreck – forget the ‘testes of asbestos’, worry about the ‘lungs of Mesothelioma‘…

    :( Dingo

  • Rasalhague

    When Jindal said that he didn’t want Republicans to be the stupid party, what he really meant is that he already has that covered.

    We should just start referring to him as “Bobby Jindal (S)”.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    @wreck

    (And I reserve dibs on Asbestos Testicles for a band name.)

    Great Balls of Fire!

  • wreck

    @ Modus #3:

    Now you’re just being nutty.

  • dobby

    Actually Jindal supports a let the states decide amendment, but I am sure he really wants an outright ban. I am also sure that when this fails he will promote a “religious liberty” amendment.

  • cptdoom

    “Many politicians are evolving — so called ‘evolving’ on this issue based on the polls. I don’t change my views based on the polls.”

    Oh, yeah, “Bobby,” you’re views are rock-solid. You’ve never changed your views on, say, God with an eye on the polls, right?

  • eric

    Actually Jindal supports a let the states decide amendment, but I am sure he really wants an outright ban.

    I’d put his ‘really want’ in the Mitt Romey camp – anyting to be President. Moderate? He can do that. Right-wing? Sure. Both on the same day? No problem. Every candidate may love corn subsidies in Iowa, but Jindal and Romney I think take pandering to a whole new nadir.

  • moarscienceplz

    Pssst! Hey, Piyush “Bobby” Jindal. The people who would consider voting for someone who looks like you do for POTUS ain’t in the Republican Party.

  • Michael Heath

    gshelly writes:

    . . . there is a belief on the right than Romney lost because he was a moderate . . .

    I don’t recall seeing conservative explanations on why Mitt Romney lost. I presume they’re either still staggering around shocked that he lost or shelved that election down the same memory hole that has them forgetting the entire W. Bush presidency.

  • dhall

    I’m gonna guess that Bobby has no idea how constitutional amendments are passed. Hint to Bobby: It takes more than Congress, Republican controlled or not. A whole bunch of states have to ratify it too, and I’m guessing that in those states where gay marriages are happening and the sky isn’t falling, ratification chances are dwindling.

  • chilidog99

    “Amosite Nads?”

    “Crocidolite Crotch?”

  • Gvlgeologist, FCD

    I’m guessing he’s hoping, as the Republican party leadership is, that the Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage nationwide in June so it takes the issue off the table now that it’s no longer electorally beneficial to them.

    I’ve been saying this for a while:

    Once SCOTUS legalizes SSM, the Repubs will say that they were just waiting for clarification. In 10 years, they’ll say they’ve always been in favor of it. In 20 years, they’ll say it was all their idea.

  • eric

    Once SCOTUS legalizes SSM, the Repubs will say that they were just waiting for clarification.

    Not exactly. Christie and Walker are I think the ‘examples’ of how the GOP wants to treat the issue, and they didn’t convey the message that they were waiting for clarification – they conveyed the message that they’re staunchly against it but not going to legally fight a settled decision.

    But that’s a quibble. The real fireworks will happen if some dark horse GOP candidate like Santorum decides to spurn the mainstream strategy, and treat the issue like abortion – i.e., vow not to accept the legal decision ‘laying down’ but rather work to overturn it. That will put the other candidates on the spot and bring the issue into the primary campaign. I’m guessing there’s going to be a lot of money and pressure used by the national organization to prevent those candidates – who might see this issue as their ticket out of obscurity and a way to differentiate themselves from the crowd – from swinging too far right on this particular issue.

  • bushrat

    Jindal says he wants the Republicans to stop being the “stupid party”

    And in other news, Pots want Kettles to stop being “Black”.