Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich of Ohio said on April 14 that it is time to move on from the gay marriage debate that was settled by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 (video below).
Kasich was asked about same-sex marriage by MSNBC host Chris Matthews during a televised town hall, and stated that he supports traditional marriage between a man and a woman, but would not try to override the high court's ruling.
"The court has ruled and we're not going to pass any laws now," Kasich said. "It's in place,"
Kasich went on to explain how there is a conflict between some people "practicing their deeply held religious beliefs, which they have a right to do, and the issue of discrimination against somebody that they think is doing something inappropriate."
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Kasich urged both sides to take a breath and "be more tolerant" because "once you write a law, then you keep rewriting the laws because you never get this right."
Kasich said that he is tolerant of same-sex marriage, and attended a gay wedding.
"I don't think it's right, and the wedding that I went to, they know that I don't agree with them."
Kasich later told Matthews, "There could be an effort to pass a Constitutional Amendment [to ban gay marriage]. I'm not for doing it. I'm for moving on."
Additionally, when Matthews asked Kasich about his initial support for the Iraq War, Kasich said he believed the Bush administration when they claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, which turned out be false, notes NBC News.
Kasich, who has called for boots on the ground to fight ISIS in Syria, added: "I now believe we need to get out of Afghanistan. If I were president, I wouldn't be announcing the timeline, but I would give the aircraft that the Afghans need, and I'd get out of there."
Kasich doubled-down on his ground war plan against ISIS in Syria, noting that we "have to destroy them before they destroy us:"
ISIS is spreading, it needs to be destroyed, The caliphate needs to be destroyed. It will take a lot of the air out of the radicals. Number two, if you're not on the ground, it won't work.
You can't just do it from the air, we learned that from, how many wars did we learn that in? But once they're gone, I'm for getting out of there. I am not for the United States being an occupier.
John Moore, a former political-military analyst with the Department of Defense and terrorism analyst with the State Department, noted on PBS' "Frontline" that Islamic terrorist groups have evolved since 1968, with new ones replacing old ones that failed.
Kasich also condemned Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her role as Secretary of State in ridding Libya of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, who promoted terrorism throughout the world and against the U.S. Kasich asserted that Gadhafi was working with the U.S, and should have been left in power.
Kasich said he "never would have added" extra U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but would have used "special forces" in the country, which has never been conquered in modern history.
"When we see Al Qaeda somewhere, take them out with drones. Take them out with special forces," Kasich advised, which President Barack Obama has been doing for years.
Kasich insisted that ISIS "is different" and could not be defeated with drones like other terrorist groups, but didn't say why.