John Kasich on 'religious liberty' laws that target gays: 'What the hell are we doing?'

Thu. April 14, 2016 10:35 AM by Carlos Santoscoy

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich on Tuesday reiterated his opposition to marriage equality but added, "Let's try to understand each other a little bit."

The Ohio governor, who is running a distant third in the GOP race behind Texas Senator Ted Cruz and real estate mogul Donald Trump, appeared with his wife and daughters at a CNN town hall.

Kasich was asked about so-called "religious freedom" laws that are viewed by critics as attempts to discriminate against the LGBT community.

"I'm a traditional marriage guy," Kasich said. "Okay, I believe a man and a woman. But I went home one day, I said, 'Sweetie, we've been invited to a gay wedding.' This was after the court. I said, 'What do you think?' She said, 'Well, I'm going. I don't know if you are or not.' And we went."

"We may disagree with something about people's lifestyles and all those kinds of things, we may disagree, but you know what? Let's try to understand each other a little bit."

"What are we going to do, write a law?"

"I read about this thing they did in Mississippi where apparently you can deny somebody service because they're gay. What the hell are we doing in this country?" Kasich rhetorically asked.

Kasich, though, has not said whether he would sign a similar proposed bill in Ohio that would protect clergy from being forced to marry gay and lesbian couples.

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