US gay verdict: Bobby Jindal wants to get rid of Supreme Court
Finding himself at odds with the US Supreme Court over its two landmark judgments upholding same-sex marriages and President Barack Obama's healthcare law, Louisiana's Indian-American governor Bobby Jindal wants to get rid of the court.world Updated: Jun 27, 2015 16:51 IST
Finding himself at odds with the US Supreme Court over its two landmark judgments upholding same-sex marriages and President Barack Obama's healthcare law, Louisiana's Indian-American governor Bobby Jindal wants to get rid of the court.
On the decision of the US Supreme Court legalising same-sex marriages, Jindal said: "The Supreme Court decision today conveniently and not surprisingly follows public opinion polls, and tramples on states' rights that were once protected by the 10th Amendment of the Constitution. Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that.
"This decision will pave the way for an all out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree with this decision. This ruling must not be used as pretext by Washington to erode our right to religious liberty."
Pegging himself as a rebellious outsider Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday he is running for president, becoming the 13th Republican to launch a 2016 campaign for the White House.
"The Supreme Court is completely out of control, making laws on their own, and has become a public opinion poll instead of a judicial body," he said in a statement from Iowa, which holds the first presidential caucus.
"If we want to save some money, let's just get rid of the court," Jindal added.
"The Supreme Court had its say on Obamacare; soon, the American people will have theirs," wrote the newly minted aspirant for Republican nomination for President in an opinion piece in Time magazine.
Jindal is the first American of Indian descent to make a major presidential bid and he joins a packed field of Republican hopefuls, several of whom have higher profiles than him.
Jindal, 44, has been an intense critic of Obama's strategy for thwarting and defeating extremists including the Islamic State group.
He has cut state spending by 26% and slashed more than 30,000 state jobs. He opposes same-sex marriage and a national education standard known as Common Core, and advocates for the repeal of Obama's signature health care reform law.
The court's decision upholding subsidies for states participating in the federally run insurance exchange, he wrote, "violates the plain text of Obamacare," as President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law Affordable Care Act is nicknamed.
"It's a sad outcome for the rule of law - and the English language," said Jindal who like other Republican governors has refused to set up a marketplace or exchange where people can shop for affordable health insurance.
But an estimated 138,000 residents of Louisiana are getting federal subsidies through the federal exchange that is open to those who don't have access to state exchanges.
"Contrary to this President's self-proclaimed edicts… Supreme Court decision is not the end of the debate on Obamacare," said Jindal.
It merely "shifts back to the elected branches of government - the ones that caused our health care mess in the first place," he said. "It is there that conservatives can complete our work to repeal Obamacare."
Jindal's reaction to the apex court's ruling legalising same-sex marriage nationwide was even more sharp.
Jindal later said that the ruling fundamentally redefined the institution of marriage.
"Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that," he added.
He also argued that protecting same-sex marriage would open the door to discrimination against people of faith who oppose its practice.
Despite the Supreme Court judgment, the Jindal administration has said Louisiana's state government won't recognise gay marriage for now.
But Mike Reed, Jindal's spokesman in the governor's office, acknowledged "Our agencies will have no choice but to comply with the Supreme Court's decision" eventually, he told NOLA.com.