Retired neurosurgeon and current Republican 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson claimed the executive branch — the President of the United States — does not have to recognize the rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court, including a ruling on same-sex marriage.
Carson was giving an interview to Newsmax TV on May 5 when he said the U.S. president only had to carry out laws passed by Congress, RightWingWatch.org noted (video below).
Carson, who doesn't believe there should be any rules during wartime, began the segment by saying he wanted a president who thinks about his or her fellow man in a "compassionate way."
Carson was then asked how he thinks he would preserve "traditional marriage" in light of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage.
First of all, we have to understand how the Constitution works. The president is required to, you know, carry out the laws of the land. The laws of the land come from the legislative branch. So if the legislative branch creates a law or changes a law, the executive branch has a responsibly to carry it out. It doesn’t say they have the responsibility to carry out a judicial law.
It is rare for a U.S. president to ignore a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The National Constitution Center noted, "President Abraham Lincoln famously ignored Chief Justice Roger B. Taney's order finding unconstitutional Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus rights in 1861, early in the Civil War."
The Boston University School of Law noted an instance when President Andrew Jackson ignored a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that said the government could not kick the Cherokee Indians off their land to steal their gold. The federal government dragged — and killed — the Native Americans off their land in the infamous "Trail of Tears" in the 1830s.