MSNBC News: Kasich doubles down on his support for traditional marriage but says he accepts Supreme Court ruling
In an MSNBC town hall moderated by Chris Matthews, Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) doubled down on his support for "traditional marriage" between a man and a woman, but said that he accepts the Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide.
Kasich stated: “I believe in traditional marriage. I’ve accepted the court ruling. … There could be an effort to pass a constitutional amendment, I’m not for doing it. I’m for moving on.”
Transcript of this preview is below. The full Kasich Town Hall airs at 7 p.m. ET, followed by the Cruz Town Hall at 8 p.m. ET.
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* * * KASICH TOWN HALL -- AIRS AT 7 p.m. ET * * *
MATTHEWS: And there a lot of women who say, you know I’m straight. I’m married to my husband. I’m happy. That’s a traditional marriage. But the fact that two guys or two women get married doesn’t affect me any. What’s your view on those subjects?
KASICH: Well, you know, I support traditional marriage.
MATTHEWS: What does that mean?
KASICH: Between a man and a women.
MATTHEWS: Well yeah, I know that.
MATTHEWS: I know that.
KASICH: Let me finish.
MATTHEWS: Is that exclusively to them?
KASICH: No I‘ve said the court has ruled and we’re not going to pass any law now. It’s in place. There’s an issue here that I keep wading into. People ask me. Look, Chris. We have to--there is a conflict to some degree between people practicing their deeply held religious beliefs-
KASICH: -- which they have a right to do.
MATTHEWS: I agree.
KASICH: And the issue of discrimination against somebody that they think is doing something inappropriate. That has to be balanced. And what I’ve tried to argue is everybody just take a breath. And let’s just try to understand one another a bit better. And be a bit more tolerant. Because once you write a law then you keep re-writing laws because you never get this right.
MATTHEWS: Do you tolerate same sex marriage?
KASICH: Yeah. I mean, I’m not going to—Yes.
MATTHEWS: You tolerate it?
KASICH: I went to one.
MATTHEWS: I know you did.
KASICH: Yeah. I don’t think it’s right and the wedding that I went to, they know that I don’t agree with them.
MATTHEWS: What should gay people do who love each other?
KASICH: What should they do?
MATTHEWS: If they love each other, what should they do?
KASICH: Well they should love one another. That’s the end of it.
MATTHEWS: But not get married?
KASICH: I’ve given you the answer, I believe in traditional marriage. I’ve accepted the court ruling. Okay?
MATTHEWS: I know.
KASICH: So here’s the thing, there could be an effort to pass a constitutional amendment, I’m not for doing it. I’m for moving on
KASICH: And you know what I’m also a believer that if I don’t like what somebody is doing, I’ve got a couple things I can do. I can tolerate it, I can say something, or you know I have another thing I can do, I can pray for a person.
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