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Kasich: “The court has spoken” on marriage equality

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.)

“The court has spoken. That’s the end of it.”

Gov. John Kasich, speaking about marriage equality during a town hall at Michigan State University. According to NBC News, an openly gay student told Kasich that he faced “discrimination daily and weekly,” and asked him about his stance on same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination laws.

“If I see discrimination in anything, like I said earlier, I’m willing to do what I can,” Kasich said. “Whether it’s executive order or legislation. That’s fine with me. As for marriage equality – let me be clear I’m for traditional marriage but I’ve been to my first gay wedding.”


The student pressed Kasich for a deeper answer, saying: “I don’t think that’s enough for you to say you’ve been to a gay wedding.”

“Well, we’re not changing any laws,” Kasich responded. “We’re not changing. We’re not going to allow discrimination on this.”

The student pressed him again, but Kasich clearly wanted to move on.

“Look, we’re not changing any laws,” he said. “The court has spoken. That’s the end of it.”

If Kasich is true to his word, he bucks a recent trend among Republican candidates, who seem locked in a battle to prove they’re the most anti-gay among the GOP roster.

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