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Rep. Aaron Schock tries to explain opposition to same-sex marriage

Rep. Aaron Schock gave a muddled answer when asked why he doesn’t support the right of same-sex couples to marry. 

“Uh, well, I — I just haven’t,” the Illinois Republican said, before adding that his beliefs on social issues are a reflection of how he was raised.

“I think everybody has a set of beliefs on issues, social issues in particular, that are a reflection of how they were raised and their set of beliefs,” he said.

Schock has openly said he is considering a run for governor of Illinois, which will be one of the next states to consider same-sex marriage legislation. In August, Schock told BuzzFeed that he supports the Federal Marriage Amendment endorsed in the Republican Party’s national platform, which would ban same-sex marriage. Schock backtracked, however, after saying same-sex marriage is something that will be “hammered out primarily in the states” and being told that a constitutional amendment would not allow states to decide the issue.

Watch Schock’s response here via

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Justin Snow is Metro Weekly's former political editor and White House correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @JustinCSnow.

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