‘It’s time to move on’: John Kasich Same-Sex Marriage
Published: June 29, 2015
‘It’s time to move on’: John Kasich Same-Sex Marriage, With the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage, Gov. John Kasich said Sunday “it’s time to move on” and shift the Republican Party’s focus away from gay marriage and instead solving “problems here together.”
In an appearance on CBS’s Face The Nation, Kasich said he believes “in traditional marriage” between a man and a woman, but distanced himself from conservatives demanding a constitutional amendment to allow states to prohibit same-sex marriage.
“I think there are so many other things now that we have to focus on,” said Kasich, who is considering a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
In particular, he cited “job growth, defeating poverty, healing the division between races, coming with an immigration solution that’s going to be fair and is going to help people; rebuilding our national defense.”
“That’s where the energy ought to be focused on the things that we know are vital to strengthen our country,” Kasich said. “My head is moving in the direction about we need to solve problems here together.”
In the wake of the court’s 5-4 Friday ruling striking down not only a ban on same-sex marriage in Ohio and 12 other states, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas – a GOP presidential candidate — called for a constitutional amendment allowing voters to recall Supreme Court justices.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, another Republican presidential candidate, urged adoption of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing states to define marriage as they wished.
By contrast, Kasich said “we need to take a deep breath,” adding “the Supreme Court has ruled. It’s the law of the land and we’ll abide by it.”
Kasich also deflected conservative criticism of his decision to accept millions of federal dollars through the 2010 health law signed by President Barack Obama to expand coverage to tens of thousands in Ohio through Medicaid, the joint federal and state program which provides health care to families of four earning as much as $32,913 a year.
“I brought Ohio money back to treat the mentally ill, the drug addicted and to help the working poor,” Kasich said. “So they’re not in the emergency rooms and so our mentally ill and drug addicted are not in prison.”
He defended a comment which irritated a wealthy conservative donor last year during a conference in California when she questioned his Medicaid decision. According to Politico, Kasich replied, “I don’t know about you, lady, but when I get to the Pearly Gates, I’m going to have an answer for what I’ve done for the poor.”
Kasich said Sunday as “a big fan of that handbook that the Lord’s handed us, the Old and New Testament, there is a lot in there about our need to take care of the widowed and the poor, the disadvantaged.”
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