Same-sex marriage managed to take the sideline for most of last night’s first GOP primary debate, but a response from one of the lesser known candidates, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, took a surprisingly friendly stance on the issue.
MEGYN KELLY: On the subject of gay marriage and religious liberty. Governor Kasich, if you had a son or daughter who was gay or lesbian, how would you explain to them your opposition to same-sex marriage?
JOHN KASICH: I’m an old-fashioned person here and I happen to believe in traditional marriage.
KASICH: I’ve said the court has ruled and I said we’ll accept it. And guess what: I just went to a wedding of a friend of mine who happens to be gay. Because somebody doesn’t think the way I do, doesn’t mean I can’t care about them or love them. If one of my daughters happened to be that, of course I would love them and accept them because you know what? That’s what we’re taught when we have strong faith.
It wasn’t perfect, but he did receive a round of applause from the traditionally conservative audience.
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Does this mean a change in mood around the issue of same-sex marriage? Maybe so, but other candidates went out of their way to make sure same-sex marriage would be a contentious issue if they were elected.
“I would sign an executive order protecting religious liberty, our First Amendment rights, so Christian business owners and individuals don’t face discrimination for having a traditional view of marriage,” Governor Bobby Jindal answered.
Rick Santorum promised to sign a similar executive order. “I will institute an executive order to make sure that people are not being harassed and persecuted by the federal government for standing up for their religious beliefs.”