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Kasich: Gays shouldn’t sue over being refused service

Republican presidential contender calls for "common sense" in resolving religious conflicts over gay marriage

Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (Photo: Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons).

John Kasich – Photo: Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons.

“If you go to a photographer to take pictures at your wedding, and he says I’d rather not do it, find another photographer. Don’t sue them in court.”

John Kasich, in the Republican debate in Detroit on March 3, responding to a question from Fox News anchor Brett Baier about his commitment to religious liberty for those who oppose same-sex marriage.

“The Supreme Court ruled,” he said. “I don’t agree with the ruling. I’m in favor of marriage between — you know, traditional marriage — a man and a woman. What I hoped was going to happen after the Supreme Court ruling is things would settle down…. The problem is, in our country, we need to learn to respect each other, and be a little bit more tolerant for one another. And at the end of the day, don’t go to court.”

Kasich added, “Can’t we have more common sense in this country?… At the end of the day, if somebody’s being pressured to participate in something that is against their deeply held religious beliefs, then we’re going to have to think about dealing with a law. But you know what? I’d rather people figure this out without having to put another law on the books, and have more arguments in this country. Why don’t we come together as a country, respect one another, love one another, and lift this country? I think that’s what people want.”


John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at

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