Republican presidential candidate and governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal tells Newsmax TV
he will push for a Constitutional amendment that defines marriage as solely the union of a man and a woman if he wins the 2016 election.
"Absolutely, absolutely … I'm absolutely supportive of [it] — I have long been and I continue to be supportive of those efforts," Jindal said Wednesday in a wide-ranging interview on "The Steve Malzberg Show."
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Jindal said he had feared the U.S. Supreme Court would rule in favor of same-sex marriage, legalizing it across the nation, instead of allowing states to decide on their own.
"I issued an executive order and we're being sued by the ACLU, but I issued an executive order back in May in anticipation of this awful ruling making it very clear that Louisianans have religious liberty rights and that the state of Louisiana will not take any kind of punitive action against an individual or a business for having a traditional view of marriage as being between a man and a woman," he told Steve Malzberg.
"On the core issue, the court is wrong. As a Christian, I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I don't think that an earthly court can change my view or my beliefs — it doesn't change my view or my beliefs in the proper definition of marriage — I support federal efforts to return to the states our Tenth Amendment rights.
"In Louisiana we amended our Constitution that had been upheld by a federal judge in terms of defining marriage as between a man and a woman."
Jindal said he fears liberals are "after our First Amendment religious freedom rights."
"You saw it in other states where bakers and florists are facing thousands of dollars of fines for obeying their own conscience. We don't want to allow that to happen in Louisiana, I don't think we can allow that to happen in our country," Jindal said.
"The left is trying to silence us. They don't want us to have our First Amendment rights, they don't want us to be able to live our lives according to our religious beliefs."
Jindal called the 2016 presidential election, "the most important election of our lifetime."
"I know that every politician always says that, but it is true. President [Barack] Obama, Hillary Clinton are trying to take this from the American Dream to the European nightmare," he said.
"We're on the path to socialism. We need to get off that path otherwise Puerto Rico, Greece are going to be our future."
He called a conservative approach to governing a must for the country's future.
"As a conservative, as a Republican Party, we need to embrace our own principles. Jeb Bush says we need to be willing to lose the primary in order to win the general. I disagree with him," Jindal told Malzberg.
"What that really means, let me translate that, what that really means is that folks are saying you've got to hide your beliefs, get the left and the media to like you. That's nonsense. We need to stand for our principles, say the things that in D.C. they tell you you cannot say like we were going to repeal Obamacare, we're going to shrink the size of the federal budget, we're going to balance the budget, we're going to have term limits.
"Even Republican leaders in D.C. don't like it when you talk about that. Here's the secret — a lot of Republican leaders were happy with those awful Supreme Court rulings last week. They want marriage off the table, they think it's a distraction, they don't want to do the hard work to oppose Obamacare … So we're running, I'm running to say let's embrace our own principles, let's provide the American people a path different from more government dependence, more borrowing, more spending."
After the Supreme Court's favorable rulings on the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage, Jindal said it is imperative that a Republican president appoint the next Supreme Court justices.
"Remember some of the swing votes in these two awful cases were actually … by Republicans. Chief Justice [John] Roberts has now twice saved Obamacare from itself and Justice [Anthony] Kennedy was the one who actually wrote the opinion on marriage that even Justice Roberts said had nothing to do with the Constitution," Jindal said.
"So it's not enough just to get a Republican in the White House, we need to have a Republican that will appoint justices that actually read the Constitution. [Justice Antonin] Scalia said it best on the Obamacare case. He said 'look, this means that words no longer have meanings. This means we've got a court where they don't read the Constitution, they don't read a dictionary.'
"It's time to get some justices that will stop being politicians, stop obeying the public opinion polls, and actually read and obey the Constitution."
Jindal said he found it "amazing" that Democratic presidents appoint very liberal judges and justices "and even many Republican senators will vote for them."
"When it comes time for a Republican, we're told, 'well, they'll find a judge that has no record of writings, no court rulings.' That's nonsense, and for me, I want a justice who's actually going to read and apply the Constitution, not be a politician, who understands the role is not to create laws or follow public opinion polls," he said.
"And so, for example, I would look to Scalia and most recently, look at how [Justice Samuel] Alito has made his rulings on the court. Those are the kinds of justices we need on the court. Chief Justice Roberts is a great politician — but that is not his job on the court."
"The court clearly was not following the Constitution, the court clearly was following public opinion polls."
He noted that both Clinton and Obama had evolved on the same-sex marriage issue — first opposing it and then supporting it.
"Everybody knows they followed the opinion polls. My views are not evolving on this issue and I want to be clear. To me, this is not something I'm just watching opinion polls," he said.
"I know the easiest thing for any politician to do is to simply evolve and change their views and the president did, as Secretary Clinton did. I'm not evolving. My views are grounded in my faith.
"I continue to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, I continue to believe in a religious freedom right. I also think, by the way, that you can have religious freedom rights without discrimination. The left has got this completely wrong."
Jindal also weighed in on Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email account and server for government business while she was secretary of state. And he believes Clinton's emails were hacked by foreign governments.
"Using her own server she's created a breach of national security.... The real issue here, the American people are never going to see all of these emails while the Russians and Chinese, they already have them. The reality is you've got a secretary of state unlawfully choosing to conduct our country's foreign policy on her own private email system," Jindal said.
"If Congress really wants to see all their emails, they need to ask those hackers working for the foreign governments. We may be the only superpower in the world that will never see all of Hillary Clinton's emails. It's a shame we're going to have to ask the Chinese for access to her emails."
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