Mitch McConnell Admits GOP Is Out of Legislative Options On Gay Marriage: WATCH

Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell admits that the Republican Party has run out of legislative options when it comes to fighting gay marriage.

Speaking with Kentucky TV station WDRB on Tuesday, McConnell said that the Supreme Court has effectively settled the issue:

“Well, I’ve always felt that marriage was between one man and one woman. The Supreme Court has held otherwise. That’s the law of the land,” McConnell told WDRB.

However, McConnell is considering legislation that would protect anti-gay discrimination couched as so-called ‘religious liberty':

“We’ll be taking a look at whether or not religious liberty needs to be enhanced by statute. So, there’s a possibility of legislation, but I think most of this is going to be in the courts,” he said.

As for a constitutional amendment, McConnell does not think it has much chance of succeeding:

“Well it isn’t going to pass. It’s one thing to talk about a constitutional amendment, but we’ve only done that 27 times in the history of our country. It’s not going to pass,” said McConnell.

McConnell’s sentiment towards an anti-gay constitutional amendment is not shared by his Senate colleague Ted Cruz, nor by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, both of whom have advocated for enshrining discrimination into the U.S. Constitution.

Watch a news report on the interview as well as the full uncut interview itself, below:

WDRB 41 Louisville News

WDRB 41 Louisville News



  1. says

    “I’ve always been for traditional marriage, which is why I’m not married, because I don’t believe in marrying someone you don’t love, er, wish to procreate with, er, I haven’t found the right person, okay?”

    But he can at least count to 34 and 38, the numbers needed for the states to call a Constitutional Convention and to ratify an amendment. He can also probably count to 67, the number of Senators needed to propose an amendment as well as 290, the number of House members ALSO needed to propose an amendment. The Thugs currently lack these numbers. ALL of these numbers.

    But elections are important. Vote and vote wisely.

  2. RonCharlesRonCharles says

    Though I am no great fan of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, he has done everyone a big favour by noting the reality of the fact that marriage equality is here to stay and that nothing can feasibly be done to ban it again. He is certainly aiming a message here at his own Republican Party.

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