Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has given up the battle to stop the legalization of same sex-marriage in the U.S. and insists other Republicans do the same.
McConnell appeared on WDRB TV in his home state of Kentucky on June 30 where he spoke about the Supreme Court’s decision to federally legalize same-sex marriage, overturning bans in 13 states and giving same-sex marriage opponents concern over religious liberty rights. In his appearance, McConnell said he believed the court’s ruling is the last word on the issue.
“I don’t think so,” he said referring to Republicans attempting to advance legislation to define marriage as between one man and one woman. “I think the courts have pretty well spoken. We’ll be taking a look at whether or not religious liberty needs to be enhanced by statue,” he said.
“What I worry about at this point is the potential problems with regard to religious liberty … There’s a possibility of legislation, but I think most of this is going to be in the courts,” McConnell added.
After the Supreme Court announced its decision on June 26, senators opposed to the ruling came out with versions of constitutional amendments they wish to see passed by Congress. Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah presented the First Amendment Defense Act, which would “prevent the federal government from discriminating against anyone who believes that marriage is a union between one man and one woman,” The Hill reports.
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz also called for a constitutional amendment. McConnell quickly put these ideas to rest.
“It isn’t going to pass. It’s one thing to talk about a constitutional amendment. We’ve only done that 27 times in the history of our country. It’s not going to pass,” he stated.
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