On Tuesday, Republican Sen. Mike Braun made comments during conversations with reporters from his home state seeming to criticize the 1967 Supreme Court decision that made interracial marriage a legal practice throughout the country.
But the Indiana Republican walked back those statements not long after he made them.
Braun started out by criticizing the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which he called “judicial activism.” He added that overturning the case would bring the country “back to a neutral point.”
“This should be something where the expression of individual states are able to weigh in on these issues, through their own legislation, through their own court systems,” Braun said to reporters while on the conference call.
Similarly, Braun said he would support overturning the landmark Loving v. Virginia case, which was a legal decision from the same time frame that made laws against interracial marriage unconstitutional.
“When it comes to issues, you can’t have it both ways,” Braun quickly said. “When you want that diversity to shine within our federal system, there are going to be rules and proceedings. They’re going to be out of sync with maybe what other states would do. That’s the beauty of the system.”
After receiving criticism for his comments on the interracial marriage court case, Braun clarified his stance in a statement to The Hill, saying that he “misunderstood the question.”
“Let me be clear on that issue – there is no question the Constitution prohibits discrimination of any kind based on race, that is not something that is even up for debate, and I condemn racism in any form, at all levels and by any states, entities, or individuals,” he said.
ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG
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