Louisiana Gov, Bobby Jindal (R) on Friday suggested doing away with the Supreme Court during a speech in Iowa that followed the court’s historic ruling on same-sex marriage.
“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 told the crowd, as quoted by The Advocate newspaper. “If we want to save some money lets just get rid of the court.”
“Yesterday, Justice Scalia noted that in the Obamacare ruling ‘words have no meaning,'” Jindal added, according to The Advocate. “Today, Chief Justice Roberts admitted that the gay marriage ruling had nothing to do with the Constitution. Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that.”
The Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the United States. That ruling effectively strikes down Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage, which had been previously upheld by a federal court.
Jindal, who just launched his 2016 presidential campaign on Wednesday, blasted the decision in a statement issued immediately following the ruling as the first step in an “all out assault” on Christians’ religious liberty.
“The government should not force those who have sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage to participate in these ceremonies,” he said in that statement. “That would be a clear violation of America’s long held commitment to religious liberty as protected in the First Amendment. I will never stop fighting for religious liberty and I hope our leaders in D.C. join me.”