Monday, November 14, 2016

Trump: Marriage Equality Is 'Settled Law,' Roe V. Wade Is Not


President-elect Donald Trump continues to send mixed signals about his policy positions.

During the campaign, he said he would appoint judges to the Supreme Court who would overrule the Obergefell v. Hodges decision last year which brought marriage equality to the entire nation. “I would strongly consider that, yes,” he said in a January Fox News interview.

In his 60 Minutes interview last night, he told Lesley Stahl he's "fine" with same-sex marriage.

“It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done.”

“These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And I’m – I’m fine with that,” he added.

The Republican Party’s official platform, ratified by the party in July, opposes same-sex marriage, condemns the Supreme Court’s rulings in Obergefell v. Hodges and United States v. Windsor, and supports proposed “religious freedom” legislation that critics say would allow businesses to deny services to gay people.

During the very same interview, when asked if he would appoint a Supreme Court justice who would overturn Roe v. Wade, Trump said his judges will be "pro-life," and suggested that decision could be overturned.

"If it ever were overturned, it would go back to the states," Trump said.

Women seeking abortions would have to go "go to another state" for the procedure.

So, Obergefell is "settled law" but Roe v. Wade isn't?

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