Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz Want to Enshrine Anti-gay Discrimination in the U.S. Constitution

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said today he supports Sen. Ted Cruz' proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would enable states to continue outlawing gay marriage regardless of any future Supreme Court ruling on the issue, Talking Points Memo reports:

ABC's "This Week' host George Stephanopoulos asked Jindal if he backed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R) remark that states should just ignore a Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.

"I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. My faith teaches me that, my Christian faith teaches me that," Jindal responded. "If the Supreme Court were to throw out our law, our constitutional amendment — I hope they wouldn't do that — if they were to do that, I certainly will support Ted Cruz and others that are talking about making an amendment in the congress and D.C., a constitutional amendment to allow states to continue to define marriage."

Washington Blade reported Wednesday on Cruz' renewed call for a constitutional amendment to stop marriage equality:

“I’m a constitutionalist. From the beginning of this country, marriage has been a question of the states, and we should not have the federal government, or unelected judges, setting aside the policy judgment of the elected legislatures and imposing their own instead.” 

As he announced in October, Cruz told the Blade he still intends to introduce a constitutional amendment that would prohibit judges from overturning state laws on marriage, but suggested courts already lack the authority to rule in favor of marriage equality. 

“Because, as I said, I’m a constitutionalist,” Cruz said. “If a state chooses to adopt gay marriage, that’s within its constitutional authority to do so, but if it chooses not to, if it chooses traditional marriage, that is also within its constitutional purview. Part of the genius of the framers of our Constitution was allowing for the now 50 states to be laboratories of democracy, to adopt and reflect different policy choices state by state.” 

Earlier today, we reported on Jindal's prayer rally held at LSU over the weekend that featured a variety of self-proclaimed prohets, doomsday sayers, and anti-gay nuts. 

Comments

  1. john patrick says

    They both look like such ugly persons to me. It’s not their facial features as such that are ugly. It’s the ugliness inside that pours out of their very pores. And it’s the ugliness of their brands of “christian faith,” that gives them the sense of entitlement to expect that their “religious beliefs” should be forced on everyone else.

  2. Chrislam says

    Republicans continue to embrace bigotry. They are very insecure in their own marriage to believe that Jonathan and David marrying down the street are going to affect their marriage.

  3. Frank says

    I support an amendment to the Constitution mandating 163rd trimester abortion for governors named “Piyush.”

  4. Fire with fire says

    Crazy time for the Teahadists. They’re bound and determined to push the GOP as far right as possible while they have an opening. Ultimately this will be their demise.

  5. HK says

    Gays in states that were to ban gay marriage if there were such an amendment would be justified in not paying state taxes.

  6. HK says

    Jindal and Cruz are politicians – not pastors – they should not make statements like this. They are supposed to represent all their constituents straight and gay. Why would an elected politician advocate discrimination against a segment of their constituency?

  7. Truther says

    That’s what happens when you let these anchor babies think they are real American Citizens. Deport them and their border hopping parents.

  8. You built this says

    ‘I’m a constitutionalist.’

    Funny you’d use those words Ted. The organizations that back you AFA, ADF, NOM & Liberty just said publicly that their own personal interpretation of the Bible trumped the Constitution? As did your Dad, you know him, the Dominionist.

    Is it Bible or Constitution Ted?

  9. Truther says

    How about we deport Ted Cruz back to Canada where he was born.

    And deport that ugly wog back to India.

  10. Keith says

    Be prepared, the march to equity in marriage and anti-discrimination laws is just beginning. We need only look at the historical arcs of other civil right fights to realize that while discriminated groups have legal rights and responsibilities, and opposition will do all it can to chip away, erode, obfuscate, and kill such equality by the death of a thousand cuts. This is far from over, and this constitutional amendment is but the first salvo in an even longer and more challenging fight for equity and equality under the law.

  11. You built this says

    Self-aggrandizing Dominionist & raising the dead fundamentalist conspire to sell Americans on the idea that a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality is …
    “allowing for the now 50 states to be laboratories of democracy, to adopt and reflect different policy choices state by state.”

    So your blathering double talk would have us believe that a federal marriage ban would allow for the states to set their policies better than our current Constitutional guarantee of equal protection. Is that you argument Ted ‘Constitutionalist’ Cruz?

  12. Kieran says

    These are DANGEROUS radicals. They are basically saying they can disregard the laws of the US. These are the kind of fanatical renegades who supported the South seceding from the Union over the issue of human Slavery.

  13. Fire with fire says

    Only an willing dupe would look at Cruz statements ignore the duplicity. In the Teahadist wing of the GOP this is considered a Constitutional scholar.

    He’s as much a national embarrassment as Jindal.

  14. Russ says

    Cruz looks remarkably like Red Baiter McCarthy. His father is a nut case (like (S)Mel Gibson’s, + Cruz was born in Canada, can NOT run for president.

    Jindal is just UGLY. Reminds me of a cartoon ant,

  15. anon says

    The problem with courting the evangelical vote is the temptation to assume they are drawn to the most rabid candidates. That isn’t the case at all. Romney came in second or third last time in almost every southern state during the primaries, with the evangelical favorite of the week coming in first. Being a rabid candidate just makes you lose credibility after a while.

  16. Daryl says

    … Russ. Not certain about the ant part, however, he is one amusing walking, talking cartoon.

  17. Ninong says

    No one takes Bobby Jindal seriously. He’s a joke. It’s fitting that he would begin his campaign for the White House at a prayer rally sponsored by the Mississippi-based hate group, American Family Association, considering he has no prayer of ever making it to the White House.

    The best little boy-exorcist Bobby Jindal can hope for is a spot on Fox News after his stint in Baton Rouge comes to a merciful end.

  18. Bernie says

    so nice to know that every right wing Republican nut job is a Constitutionalist..Even Sarah Palin knows that word…..IF folks like Jindal and Cruz are talking about the Constitution we have little to worry about….I am quite sure these brilliant Constitutionalists not knoweth what they speak

  19. Ninong says

    @BERNIE — They do know the Constitution, which is why they want to repeal the 14th Amendment.

  20. Hawthorne says

    1) By their reasoning, that the federal government has no say at all in marriage legislation, then DOMA would be DOA.

    2) As much as I abhor their blatherings, and detest that they never shut up, I am reminded we need to be ever vigilant to keep up on what they’re saying and TAKE ACTION to make sure sanity and a more reasoned, balanced thinking wins the day.

  21. CPT_Doom says

    Hey “Bobby” your Christian faith also calls for the burning of your parents for being heretics.

  22. Gordon says

    Sadly ironic. 2 men of color who would have NO political power or national standing 40 years ago. Such Hypocrites.

  23. TANK says

    Oh, please… just who does Mary think she’s fooling? Ted Cruz is a self-hating closet case. Just look at how weirdly feminine he looks… major gayface!

  24. ben~andy says

    Ted is tossing red meat to the Thugs. However, the maths are not very good for his “big idea” to be passed:

    2/3 vote in favor of an amendment by BOTH the House and the Senate. That’s 290 in the House and 67 in the Senate. They have 234 in the House and 54 in the Senate. Chances of getting 56 House and 13 Senate Dems to vote with them, nearly exactly zero.

    If they DO get that, they need 3/4 of the State Legislatures to ratify the amendment. That is 38. That means we have to “hold” 13. Google same sex marriage US [wiki] and scroll down to the listing of ME states. Go down to #13, and that is MN. Then notice that you have to go all the way down to #18 before you get to a “court case” that is post-Windsor. Of the 17 states before that, MOST were legislative action [10]. State court rulings [5], Initiative [1] and lastly the complicated history of CA, state court, initiative and federal court. You name me 5 of that 1st 17 that we’re going to lose and I’ll worry, though I don’t think they have a chance in OR, NV either. The longer it is ME, the less chance they have to get this through.

    Their only other option is 2/3 [that same 38] states’ legislatures calling for a Constitutional Convention and there is simply NOBODY who wants to open up that can of worms because the FIRST thing out of that would be an amendment declaring that “Corporations are not PEOPLE and that the Constitution DOES NOT apply to them for speech and they cannot have “religious beliefs” and be a Corporation. And THEN 3/4 of the states have to approve whatever comes out of the Convention.

    Ain’t’na gonna happen. And Teddy Cross knows it. As I said, he’s just bloviating to keep his name in the news.

  25. Chrislam says

    Ted is just trying to prove his pastor dad that he’s not a closet case sad. The rabid homophobic actions he portrays is typical closet case deflection.

  26. says

    Apparently they’ve never heard of Loving v Virginia.

    The constitutional amendment hot air works with the zealot primary base but it has no practical reality. Not that that will stop them from digging in their heels …

  27. Mac says

    First off in order to put it in the Constitution it needs to be ratified by 2/3 of the states if I’m not mistaken. They would play hell trying to get it passed in the blue states. If I lived in a state that was taking away my rights I would be suing them to reduce my taxes. If you don’t have full rights, why should you pay full taxes? Perhaps we need to get enough people together in the states that are trying to take away our rights and file recall petitions if possible. Boycott the states, whatever it takes.

  28. Erick says

    Bobby Jindal is a joke, I lived in New Orleans and I can tell you not many people there liked him. He does what he wants, and damn with what the people want. He pushed for a new hospital that even before it was completed was told that the budget to run it was not even enough. He did this even though the people had a better idea, that cost less, but it was not his idea. I wonder if Bobby and Ted know you have to follow the law, even if you dont like it, if you tax a group of people and ignore their rights they I guess we need to have another tea party in New Orleans.

  29. andrew says

    Cruz is a modern day Joe McCarthy. Cruz is using LGBT folks as the scapegoat like McCarthy used communists. Cruz should look in the history books. Things didn’t go well for McCarthy.

  30. says

    Governor Piyush “Bobby” Jindal (Bobby is not his real name) is a hateful bigot of the worst kind. He was raised Hindu, converted to Catholicism when it became politically convenient, and now is seen at extreme evangelical prayer meetings, holding his hands up like he’s one of them. He will continue to do whatever will get him the most followers, as in, when in Rome…

  31. Bob K says

    DON’T BOTHER TRYING TO TELL THEM THEY ARE WRONG

    — THEY MAY NOT EVEN BELIEVE WHAT THEY SAY, but they say it to get money and backers for their campaigns.

    They do not mind insulting millions of Americans and hurting youth, as long as it gets them donations and TV time.

  32. JackFknTwist says

    “I’m a constitutionalist.”

    That fool spots nonsense; he doesn’t support the current constitution , as interpreted.

  33. ToThePoint says

    The more these politicians use religion to hate and discriminate, the less tolerant I become of ALL believers. I am sure I am not alone in this and at this point, I am ready to outlaw ALL religions and send their asses packing to a country that will allow religious persecution to be written into hateful law.

    I hope both of these hacks have two flat tires, alone in the desert, hundreds of miles from the nearest repair shop AND their phones batteries are dead. AND they have no food or drink and have to start drinking their own p*ss to remain hydrated. Then, just before they expire, a caring gay married couple comes along and gives them food, water and a helping hand to show these bigots we ARE good people…..and they then see the error of their ways and rejoice in humanitarianism.

    We can hope, can’t we?

  34. Joey in Louisiana says

    Try living here and not wishing death on Jindal! It’s much harder than you think.

    What is sickening, is my taxes are paying his salary and travel expenses to show his ignorant ass-hattery to the rest of the USA.

    Bring back Edwin Edwards.