John Kasich: Supreme Court has ruled on marriage equality

Wed. February 17, 2016 3:00 PM by Carlos Santoscoy

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich on Monday said that he's not interested in attempting to repeal the Supreme Court's finding that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry.

Kasich, the governor of Ohio, was confronted by a student who identified himself as gay at a town hall at Michigan State University.

The student said that he "faces discrimination daily and weekly" and pressed the candidate on his views on same-sex marriage and LGBT protections.

"Let me be clear, I'm for traditional marriage, but I've been to my first gay wedding," Kasich responded. "And I had a great time. And there was great champagne."

"I don't think that's enough for you to say you've been to a gay wedding," the student said.

"Well, we're not changing any laws. We're not changing. We're not going to allow discrimination on this."

"So the Supreme Court upheld marriage equality," the student started. "Does that mean you would go out of your way to protect that right?"

"Look," Kasich answered, "we're not changing any laws. The court has spoken. That's the end of it."

The statement makes Kasich the only major Republican presidential candidate not campaigning on reversing or undermining the high court's ruling.

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