McConnell says same sex marriage ruling could result in lawsuits, legislation
The Senate Majority Leader says Congress may explore further protection of religious liberty.
Tuesday, June 30th 2015, 3:09 PM EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says Congress may explore legislation to protect religious liberty in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage.
"Well, I've always felt that marriage was between one man and one woman. The Supreme Court has held otherwise. That's the law of the land," McConnell told WDRB.
But, McConnell says, that does not mean the controversy is over. He believes the Supreme Court decision opens the door to a wave of lawsuits as same sex marriage collides with religious liberty.
"We'll be taking a look at whether or not religious liberty needs to be enhanced by statute. So, there's a possibility of legislation, but I think most of this is going to be in the courts," he said.
And McConnell does not believe talk of writing traditional marriage into the constitution will go anywhere.
"Well it isn't going to pass. It's one thing to talk about a constitutional amendment, but we've only done that 27 times in the history of our country. It's not going to pass," said McConnell.
The Supreme Court last week also again upheld the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
McConnell says you can blame Obamacare if Humana, Louisville's second-largest employer, is gobbled up by a larger company, as reports indicate may happen.
"Look at all the talk about whether Humana may be acquired. What is happening in the wake of Obamacare are consolidations; hospitals getting bigger; insurance companies trying to get bigger. It's having a huge adverse impact on America's healthcare," he said.
McConnell predicts the health care law will continue to be a big issue through the 2016 elections.
But for now, McConnell is closely watching the 2015 campaign for Kentucky governor. He says he has spoken with his former rival, Republican nominee Matt Bevin.
"The state is much more Republican than it used to be, and I think Matt Bevin has a good chance of winning," said McConnell.
When asked what advice he had given Bevin, McConnell said, "Run a smart general election campaign."
McConnell became Senate Majority Leader six months ago, and is getting credit for breaking the Senate gridlock, including working with the President to pass a new trade bill.
"So I want to see what we can do to make progress for the country. Even though there are plenty of things we don't agree on. Let's try to focus on the things that we do agree on," he said.
McConnell also talked about his call to move the Jefferson Davis statue from the state Capitol Rotunda, why he still supports Rand Paul for President, and why Alexander Hamilton should not be removed from the ten dollar bill. You can see the entire interview in the video player above.
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