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Kasich says to “move on” from same-sex marriage issue

GOP presidential hopeful's comments appear to side with LGBT community over anti-gay bakers

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (Credit: Office of Ohio Governor John Kasich, via Wikimedia Commons.)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (Credit: Office of Ohio Governor John Kasich, via Wikimedia Commons.)

“…If you’re a cupcake maker, and someone wants a cupcake, make them a cupcake.”

–Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, speaking at with journalist Douglas Blackmonat the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs as part of “American Forum,” a weekly public affairs TV program.

During the interview, Kasich was asked about national security, his portrayal in the media as a “moderate” compared to the other GOP contenders, and the issue of same-sex marriage, the Charlottesville-based Daily Progress reports. Kasich rejected the idea that he’s ideologically moderate, saying, “I’ve been conservative all my life.” 

On the issue of gay marriage, Kasich said he still believes in the idea that marriage should be between one man and one woman, but also believes that it’s time to move on from what has proven to be a divisive issue. On the issue of religious liberty, he said that churches should not be forced to do anything that runs counter to their beliefs, but also rejected the idea of business owners refusing to serve same-sex couples. 

“Let’s not have a big lawsuit or argument over all this stuff,” Kasich said. “Move on.”

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