Homosex, alcoholism, SCOTUS, God

Check out the rogues gallery of opinion on gay marriage among GOP candidates:

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: In a major reversal of his 1990s position of opposing same-sex marriage rights with some hostility, Bush recently called for respect for the court’s ultimate decision in a statement, and for those on both sides of the debate.

“We live in a democracy, and regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law,” Bush said. “I hope that we can also show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue — including couples making lifetime commitments to each other who are seeking greater legal protections and those of us who believe marriage is a sacrament and want to safeguard religious liberty.”

Sen. Ted Cruz: The Texas conservative firebrand has called for an amendment to the Constitution that would prohibit the federal government from telling the states how to handle marriage rights.

“The Constitution makes clear marriage is a question for the states,” he said in a speech this month. “It’s not a question for a bunch of unelected federal judges who may disagree with the democratic views of the people who live in the United States of America.”

Huckabee: The socially conservative former Arkansas governor, Fox News host and 2008 Iowa caucuses winner said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he believes marriage is between one man and one woman — and that even if the Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage, procedurally, state legislatures would need to adopt laws implementing that ruling.

“I’m advocating an adherence to the Constitution,” he said. “I’m really saying that there is a process to change the law, and it doesn’t just involve one unilateral branch of government. … Judges can’t make law. That’s judicial supremacy and that is not constitutional.”

Jindal: The Louisiana governor, also known as a social conservative, said he’d like to amend the Constitution to allow states to define marriage. It’s similar to then-President George W. Bush’s push in his 2004 re-election bid to define marriage in the Constitution.

“I certainly support Ted Cruz and others that are talking about making an amendment in the Congress — a constitutional amendment to allow states to continue to define marriage,” he said. “I think it should be between a man and a woman.”

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul: Paul, who has called for the government to play a smaller role in most facets, told CNN in October that he doesn’t think lawmakers should get too involved in the issue.

“I believe in old-fashioned, traditional marriage. But I don’t really think the government needs to be too involved with this, and I think the Republican Party can have people on both sides of the issue,” he said. When asked if he could change his own view on the issue one day, Paul shrugged.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry: When a federal judge struck down the Texas law limiting marriage to one man and one woman in February 2014, Perry lashed out, saying the decision flew in the face of the state’s voters’ wishes.

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Later that summer, Perry compared homosexuals to alcoholics.

“Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that,” Perry said. “I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.”

To summarize: we need an amendment codifying het marriage, but if the Supreme Court says a right to homo marriage exists in the Constitution we have to respect the decision, for alcoholism, like homosexuality, is a sad thing but part of our society. Also: citizens. And God.”

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