2016 Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal said that his state will abide by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to nationally legalize same sex marriages despite his personal opposition on the issue.
“Our agencies will comply with the court’s order. We do not have a choice,” the Louisiana Governor said in an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on June 28.
However, he voiced his disapproval with the Court’s decision, stating his belief that his own religious liberties are being removed by court approved decision like the most recent case.
“I think this decision was the wrong one. I strongly disagree with the court’s decision,” he said. "I think marriage is between a man and a woman. My position is not going to evolve."
“We have to fight for religious liberty. The left wants to silence us. We are not going to go away,” Jindal warned.
Jindal also criticized Christians who judge same sex couples getting married, even if it is federal law.
“We are all equal in God’s eyes. We love our fellow man,” Jindal said, showcasing some support and understanding for both views on the controversial matter.
The Republican presidential contender made clear to host Chuck Todd that his “position is not going to evolve” on same sex marriage, likening the term to President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, both who were previously against legalizing same sex marriage but then “evolved” their views into the opposite.
“I want to run a campaign where we do not give up on our principles. Establishment conservatives do not want us to do that,” Jindal said.
Gov. Jindal, who is the sole authority in issuing marriage licenses in Louisiana, has alerted county clerks to wait for an official local court order to begin issuing licenses to same sex couples. Texas, Alabama and Mississippi have implemented similar practices, as well.
“As soon as (the courts) issue their ruling, I suspect it will be a matter of days. I don’t know how quickly they will move,” Jindal said in response to concerns over his state ignoring federal law.