Donald: ‘I’m Okay’ with Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage But Opposed to Its Ruling on Abortion

In an interview on “60 Minutes” on Sunday, Donald Trump reversed his opposition to gay marriage by announcing that, as president, he will not seek to repeal laws that allow same-sex couples to marry because that right was affirmed by the Supreme Court.

Donald in 2011: “I just don’t feel good about it. I don’t feel right about it. I’m against it, and I take a lot of heat because I come from New York. You know, for New York it’s like, how can you be against gay marriage? But I’m opposed to gay marriage.”

And yet in that same interview he signaled he will appoint judges who will outlaw abortion, even though a woman’s right to choose whether to carry a fetus to term was also affirmed by the Supreme Court.

The shift on gay marriage is a significant reversal. In a campaign interview on CNN last year, Donald was asked by Jake Tapper, “But what do you say to a lesbian who’s married or a gay man who’s married who says, ‘Donald Trump, what’s traditional about being married three times?'”

Donald — a serial adulterer and infamous philanderer — responded, “I don’t say anything. I’m just for traditional marriage.”

In 2011, he told Fox host “I just don’t feel good about it. I don’t feel right about it. I’m against it, and I take a lot of heat because I come from New York. You know, for New York it’s like, how can you be against gay marriage? But I’m opposed to gay marriage.”

On “60 Minutes,” Donald he said, “It’s irrelevant because it was already settled. It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done … these cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And– I th– I’m– I’m fine with that.”

Donald, ignoring the fact that the right to abortion was similarly “settled by the Supreme Court” 40 years ago, described his position on women’s healthcare rights in the interview:

“I’m pro-life,” [Donald] said. “The judges will be pro-life.”

Asked specifically whether he wants the Supreme Court to repeal the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion nationwide, Trump replied that if the decision were overturned the issue of abortion would be decided by each state.

“If it ever were overturned, it would go back to the states,” he said.

But does that mean some women would be unable to receive abortions, assuming their home states ban them? Asked to clarify, Trump replied: “Yeah, well, they’ll perhaps have to go, they’ll have to go to another state.”

When Stahl followed up on the question, asking whether it’s okay that some women might have to travel to other states to receive abortions, Trump said there’s a “long way to go” before discussing that.

“Well, we’ll see what happens,” he said. “It’s got a long way to go, just so you understand. That has a long, long way to go.”

Donald has often bragged about his philandering, which leads to an interesting point of inquiry: How many of abortions has Donald caused in his career? How many abortions has he paid for?

It will also be interesting to see how Donald’s reversal on gay marriage plays out with his right-wing base, which includes virulent homophobes like his vice president, Mike Pence.

In just five days since he attained the presidency despite a nearly two-million vote loss in the popular vote, Donald has also reversed himself on two key campaign promises. Now, instead of building a wall at the Mexican border, his surrogates say he’ll merely extend the fence that’s already there. And instead of a complete repeal of Obamacare, he says he’ll keep its most popular provisions.

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