Graham: Time to “Move Forward” if SCOTUS Rules Against State Marriage Amendments

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) (photo credit: Department of Defense via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) (photo credit: Department of Defense via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

On May 4th, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared on Boston Herald Radio and was asked to discuss his views on marriage related to the upcoming Supreme Court decision. Graham had this to say:

Well, can you be for traditional marriage? Yes. Am I for traditional marriage? Yes, I believe marriage has stood the test of time being between a man and a woman, ordained by God, and that’s — most societies have been organized around that concept. Things are a-changing, so at the end of the day, being for traditional marriage without animosity is where I stand. If the Supreme Court rules sometime this year that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional, then that will be a defining moment in that debate, and it will be time for us to move forward as a society.

When asked if, as President, he would push back against a Supreme Court decision that would strike down the amendments, Graham responded:

Well, I just don’t see how you get a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman ratified by three-fourths of the states given the way the lay of the land is today. So the court’s gonna hear the case, people who are social conservative, hold your head up high. Be proud of speaking for the unborn, I’m a pro-life guy with exceptions for rape and incest. When a woman is raped, it is not the will of God, it is a crime, and the perpetrator should be punished accordingly. And the woman will make that decision about what to do after being the victim of a crime. But at the end of the day, this whole social structure that’s changing is part of a democracy, is part of society.

Joshua Pinho works for American Principles in Action.