Trump says same-sex mar­riage is set­tled law, but abor­tion isn’t

Cecil Whig - - & - By SU­SAN DECKER

WASH­ING­TON

Bloomberg News

— Pres­i­dent- elect Don­ald Trump said the is­sue of mar­riage equal­ity in the U. S. is set­tled law and he’s “fine with that,” yet pledged to sup­port over­turn­ing the 1973 Supreme Court de­ci­sion that a woman has a right to choose to have an abor tion.

Speak­ing on CBS’s “60 Min­utes,” Trump said it was “ir­rel­e­vant” whether he per­son­ally sup­ports same- sex mar­riage.

“It was al­ready set­tled,” Trump said, ac­cord­ing to a tran­script re­leased by the net­work. “It’s law. It was set­tled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done.”

Repub­li­can lead­ers in Congress have crit­i­cized the June 2015 rul­ing, and Trump’s state­ment puts him at odds with mem­bers of the party he now leads. He’s al­ready bro­ken with Repub­li­can or­tho­doxy on is­sues like trade and in­fra­struc­ture spend­ing.

Still, he stands firmly with party mem­bers when it comes to Sec­ond Amend­ment gun rights and abor­tion. Trump re­it­er­ated a cam­paign pledge to nom­i­nate Supreme Court jus­tices that would over­turn the Roe v. Wade de­ci­sion, which said women have the right to pri­vacy when it comes to end­ing a preg­nancy. The court in sub­se­quent rul­ings has al­lowed some re­stric­tions, while con­tin­u­ing to up­hold the ba­sic tenets of that de­ci­sion.

“I’m pro- life,” Trump said. “The judges will be pro- life.” He said the is­sue would be de­cided by in­di­vid­ual states if the rul­ing were over­turned.

Trump said he’ll move quickly to nom­i­nate some­one to re­place Jus­tice An­tonin Scalia, who died in Fe­bru­ary. Repub­li­can lead­ers have re­fused to con­sider Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s nom­i­nee, ap­peals court Judge Mer­rick Gar­land.

Fill­ing Scalia’s seat will re­store the court’s pre­vi­ous 5- 4 Repub­li­can- ap­pointed ma­jor­ity.

OLIVIER DOULIERY/ABACA PRESS/TNS

Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump said on CBS’ “60 Min­utes” that he con­sid­ers same-sex mar­riage a non-is­sue, hav­ing be­ing set­tled by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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