The Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie on Sunday said that the Supreme Court made a mistake with allowing same-sex marriage and if it were up to him he would never legalize it. He also said that he would have struck down the provision of the Obamacare health law.
Christie, who only announced his Presidential campaign for the 2016 Elections and joined a packed field of 15 republicans in the race for the White House, said that Supreme Court should have been more conservative and joined many Republican presidential candidates and other conservatives in condemning the High Court’s ruling on these two landmark laws.
Every decision made by the Supreme Court is under scrutiny of the public, because of the appointment of the Court’s Justices. They are appointed by the president, and as such have a great role in the Elections, because they serve a life term.
According to Reuters, Christie was a guest on ‘Fox News Sunday’ and stated that “If the Christie-type justices had been on that court in the majority, we would have won those cases in the Supreme Court rather than lost them.” He also cited his record of nominating state judges who are opposing the “meddling in the business of the executive and legislative branch.”
Other Republican candidates are playing on the safe card with criticizing the Supreme Court ruling for gay marriage, like the former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the front-runner of the Republican Party in the bid for the White House. Even though Jeb Bush criticizes the high court’s decision, he urges his fellow republicans and Americans, on the whole, to move on with their lives.
However, there are Republicans that do not share Bush’s moderate opinions, such as former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who publicly opposes gay marriage and is strong in his opinion that the court’s decision is a “nail in the coffin” for the institution of marriage, according to Reuters.
He is joined by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who is also a contender for the Republican presidential nomination, who stated that this kind of decision is a clear interference in politics for it redefines marriage and “will be destructive.”
The same goes for the decision in regards to the Obamacare law, with an opposition mainly voiced by Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who called for Constitution amendments so that voters can recall Supreme Court justices. Reuters informs that he stated “They shouldn’t be rewriting Obamacare.” and that “the court has gone too deep into policy-making”.
Even though the Republicans oppose the Supreme Court rulings, the decision to prohibit future bans of same-sex marriage is now valid nationwide and Barack Obama’s signature health care law is gaining support even more with the Court decision of nationwide subsidies to all Americans.