Trump Declines to Promise to Appoint Judges Who Would Overturn Gay Marriage

In an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” Donald Trump once again tries to change the subject from abortion. And in an extremely revealing exchange, when asked point blank whether he would appoint Supreme Court judges who would overturn the gay marriage ruling, Trump declines to promise to do so, saying only that he would seriously consider it:

WALLACE:  But, Mr. Trump, let’s take one issue.  You say now that the Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is the law of the land and that any politician who talks about wanting to amend the Constitution is just playing politics.  Are you saying it’s time to move on?

TRUMP:  No, I’m saying this.  It has been ruled up.  It has been there.  If I’m a, you know, if I’m elected, I would be very strong on putting certain judges on the bench that I think maybe could change things. But they’ve got a long way to go.  I mean at some point, we have to get back down to business.  But there’s no question about it.  I mean most — and most people feel this way.

They have ruled on it.  I wish that it was done by the state.  I don’t like the way they ruled.  I disagree with the Supreme Court from the standpoint they should have given the state — it should be a states’ rights issue.  And that’s the way it should have been ruled on, Chris, not the way they did it. This is a very surprising ruling.  And I — I can see changes coming down the line, frankly.  But I would have much preferred that they ruled at a state level and allowed the states to make those rulings themselves.

WALLACE: But — but just to button this up very quickly, sir, are you saying that if you become president, you might try to appoint justices to overrule the decision on same-sex marriage?

TRUMP: I would strongly consider that, yes.

Trump is just not a social conservative. He has certain traditionalist instincts but not principles. And I  have to say this for Donald Trump: He doesn’t lie about this. He spins a bit, dances a bit, let’s you dream he is on your side on this, but he has been pretty clear that when it comes to taking fire for life, marriage,  and religious liberty, he is not going to do it.

When he appoints pro-gay marriage judges like his sister who overturn late-term abortion bans, Iowans should not be surprised. He will not be breaking his word. He never promised us anything different.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.