Sen. Joe Manchin Defends Anti-Gay Marriage Position By Saying Courts Should Decide (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) has long opposed same-sex marriage, even after gay marriage was legalized by a federal court in his state in October 2014.

The Post-Gazette reported in November 2014 that Sen. Manchin opposed gay marriage.

Sen. Manchin was the only Democrat not to sign a friend-of-the-court brief in support of same-sex marriage, which is before the U.S. Supreme Court,  noted the Washington Blade earlier this month.
Sen. Manchin was interviewed by West Virginia journalist Bryan Hughes about gay marriage last Sunday (video below).

"Basically no matter who you are, where you're from, what your preference, what your race may be, or your sexuality, basically there's not room for discrimination in today's world, there's just not room for that," Sen. Manchin said. 

When Hughes asked the Democrat why he didn't sign the friend-of-the-court brief, Sen. Manchin replied, "I think it's going be handled in the courts."

"I have my own preference on that, but I'm not going to discriminate,"  Sen. Manchin added.

When asked if he would vote to support same-sex marriage, Sen. Manchin replied, "We'd have to consider at that time how it would come up, but basically it would be hard to oppose, but the bottom line I think it will be in the court system first, I think that's where it should be, that's where it's going."

Sources: Post-Gazette, The Washington Blade, Bryan Hughes
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