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.