Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) argued during a Sunday appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” that same-sex marriage should be a state issue and not a federal one.
CNN host Dana Bash pressed Graham on the issue and asked whether he though Obergefell, the 2015 Supreme Court decision that established the right to same-sex marriage, should be overturned.
“No. I’m saying that I don’t think it’s going to be overturned,” he began. “The point I’m trying to make is — I’ve been consistent — I think states should decide the issue of marriage and I think states should decide the issue of abortion.”
He continued, “I have respect for South Carolina. South Carolina voters here I trust to define marriage and to deal with the issue of abortion. Not nine people on the court. That’s my view.”
Bash went on to question Graham on other possible issues that could be affected by this logic and then cited Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 decision that protected the right to interracial marriage.
Graham then cut back into the conversation: “No. No. Here’s the point. We are talking about things that are not happening because you don’t want to talk about inflation. You don’t want to talk about crime. This is all politics my friends. Instead of trying to solve problems like unstable people having guns, we’re talking about constitutional decisions that are still in effect.”
“But if you’re going to ask me to have the federal government, take over defining marriage, I’m going to say ‘no,'” Graham added.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who was sitting next to Graham on this bi-partisan show, said that the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling should be codified as “there’s a real danger of it being overturned by the Supreme Court.”
“This Supreme Court has indicated it has a hit list, beginning with marriage equality, contraception, possibly others as well, Loving v. Virginia,” Blumenthal went on to say.
During a past interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Sen. Graham downplayed the chance of the Supreme Court re-considering these options.
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